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May 11, 2004

May 1st – 11th 2004 Cicada Comments

Filed under: Brood X | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:19 am

Was planning to mulch…

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Was planning to put down mulch around some of our trees this weekend but I’m afraid I my hurt the ciacdas chances of getting out? Does anyone know it this is a valid concern?

Thanks! — Peter, Princeton, NJ



Cicadas are finally here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I spotted 2 this morning in Lanham. I’ve waited a long time for this day!
Their cute little red eyes! — Jinxy, Lanham, MD



They’re heeeeeeeeeere!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I wanted to let you know they are here in New Carrollton and the Beltsville Agricultural Center as well. Here’s a real kicker: I’m entomophobic! But I’m actually caught up in Brood Xitement (hey, that’s good…I should use that…) Anyhoo. Right now, there is a squirrel in my front lawn. I think he’s poaching! It’s the same one that was in the street sitting in one spot and I couldn’t figure out what he was doing. But now I understand it. He’s looking for the cicadas! I can actually hear them outside some. Despite my entomophobia, I’m a little excited to hear them at high roar as I was 7 the last time they were around. Now, time to go look at the cool shop…I may have to get one of those nifty shirts… — Jennifer W., New Carrollton, MD



Not in Central KY

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: No Roberta. I have been to the arboretum and raven’s run the last 4 days and haven’t seen any evidence of their coming. — Ed, Lexington, KY



Any Kentucky sightings yet?

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I am so bummed — I have seen no signs of cicadas yet! The only thing I have noticed is a lot of bumpy ground in my front lawn, but when I dig I find no nymphs at all. I’ll simply CRY if we don’t get them! I’ve been creating a small exhibit on cicadas at our science museum here and it will be pretty pointless if we don’t get any. Anyone in central Kentucky seen them yet? — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



How far north do these things make it?

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I remember being a kid about 17 years ago having a massive infestation of bugs in Montreal that covered every available vertical object (trees, telephone poles, walls) for about 2 weeks then disappeared. The kids called the Chad flies. I have always wondered what those were and now I guess they must have been Cicadas.

Seemed like the furthest extent of their range was New York State based on most sites I have seen. Does anyone know if these things make it as far North as Montreal?

If so, I will post any details of the Northern invasion… — Robert Cole, Montreal, Quebec, Canada



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw several in my front yard this morning! — Tom, Chantilly, VA



Have seen them for a week now!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Not a whole lot, but there I began seeing shells last week, and beginning Friday, they were flying into our sliding glass door. Friday night has been the loudest….there were probably 5 or 6, and it sounded as though there were 500. I haven’t heard them since, but they are still trying to fly into the glass door! — Anthony, Waldorf, MD



If you’re still waiting, here’s a tip!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: If you haven’t been blessed with the sight of any cicadas yet, here is a tip on how to find some. If you know the location of a piece of slate, a large rock or a wood pile that can be easily moved, look under it! They burrow up under said items and you can make out the tunnels they’ve dug too. — Matt, Bethesda, MD



No cicadas as yet BUTTTTT

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I haven’t seen any cicadas yet. But I have had an emergence of those nasty earwigs this weekend. I’ve never seen so many at one time. Maybe they arepredators to the cicadas.And they DO have a good pinch! I’ll take the cicada ANY time over the earwig! — Pam Mortimer, Glen Burnie, Maryland



Hordes of Cidadas

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Our 60 year old house and the surrounding yard are now covered with them. It was quite amusing watching my wife (who has never experienced the cidadas before)sprint to her car with an umbrella over her head! — David, Silver Spring, MD



Spotted Two This Morning

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I spotted two cicadas this morning, that apparently emerged not too long ago… They won’t last long, they came out on the ground beneath my bird feeder…. okay, make that one cicada, and one bird with a full belly. — Bill Blum, Springfield, OH



Little Freaked Out!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’m sorry, I just can’t wait for them to all die and go away for another 17 years. I wish I could be enthusiastic and appreciate them but I have been stressing out for weeks now, I don’t want them bumping into me, blocking my front door and I don’t want to step on them either! I was 9 when they came last and my sister got one stuck in her hair! Yuk, I’m desperately thinking of ways to cover myself and avoid them all together!!! — Shelley, Annapolis, MD



They’re heeeere

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw a couple hundred this morning on my way to work – on trees, telephone poles, car tires, shrubs, grasses, mail boxes. All in different stages of emergence. And the birds are having feast. Very, very cool. — Dan Bannon, Takoma Park



they’re heeeeere !

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: my boss found her first one this morning, clinging to her garage. — tess, edgewood, md



Recipes

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Does anyone have any good recipes for these tasty creatures. It is tradition that I eat a couple every time Brood X makes an appearance, that being said this will be my second time. What is the frying technique, are the wings pulled of first. I am thinking about a nice garlic buttered cicada on the grill. — David, Falls Church, VA



First sightings

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I have a cicada shell sitting on my desk this morning, compliments of a co-worker who lives in Sulphur Springs, TN. (Northeast TN – just outside Johnson City). He has spotted holes in the ground on his property, and found this shell on the ground. They’re not on the trees yet. It’s just a matter of time now. Eeeewwww!!! I’m freaking out! — PL, Sulphur Springs, TN



squirrels

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: If dogs can die from eating the cicadas, does that mean that dead squirrels will be falling out of the trees? — Sissy, Burke VA



Holes

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Well, after letting the lawn get to Great Plains proportions, I finally mowed yesterday. And I came across these holes in my yard… I asked what they could be… NOW I get it! Of course. So, I should indeed be expecting the little creatures sometime soon. The earth bears her children, if you will.

This will be cool! A couple of things i am thankful for: 1) my neighbor killed my japanese maple last year (no need to worry about it this year) 2) I have a REALLY old car…no need to worry about dents, and smished creatures 3) The constuction on the house is almost done!

ENJOY! — Deb, Takoma Park, MD



Hmmmm

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’m originally from New Zealand and we have similar cicada’s but they are green instead of brown but still with the beautiful red eyes. Haven’t seen any yet, but will be keeping my eyes and ears open !!! — Julie, Fairfax, VA



INCOMING!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve been dive-bombed twice (not intentionally, just walked out the front door at the wrong time). They are HARMLESS, but it’s still creepy to be hit by one flying by. Their little carcasses are stuck to my walls. I swept away about a dozen off the front porch yesterday. I awoke this morning and one of my large Hosta plants in the back yard is covered (1-2 perched on every leaf). They first appeared last Saturday, 8 May. — Angie, North Springfield, Virginia



We’re hearing them now

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Last night we heard our first two very loud cicadas in the wooded area next to our development. We had seen some emerge from the ground on May 1st. — Traci, Germantown, MD



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw 3 or 4 last evening around 6 pm on my patio. I could tell something was up, the birds were chirping excessively! — Bob, Fall Church, VA



Anxious

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I can recal being in High School when they last came out. I just remember the LOUD noise was everywhere. I am living in a new neighborhood in DC now from when I was in High School, so I am not too sure that it will be that bad in my area. I’ll have to wait and see. I think that the crickets are bad enough, OOF where are my ear plugs.

Jose

NW, DC — jose, NW, DC



my dog is digging for them!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 3 cicadas this morning!! But all yesterday evening my pup was going nuts digging everywhere. he was on a serious excavating mission!! they are coming. he is excited but has no idea that his totally unsupervised backyard playtime has ended for a few months!! — dp, Potomac, MD



Cicada invasion

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This morning was the first that I really noticed them emerging in large numbers… on the side walk, in the air, the front lawn, and all over the car. Anyone know how long they were around 17 years ago? — Chrissy, Cheverly, MD



Cicadas on the porch

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: today, May 10 there were a few cicadas on our porch here in the woods. Many could be heard in the distance — george, NE Georgia Mountains Blairsville



they’re here!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: my cicadas appeared yesterday – monday 5/10/04. i had about 30, and i have another 30 or so today. they are on a patch of tall weeds (about 2 feet tall) on the east side of the house. when i first saw them, i was excited, interested, yet somewhat repulsed. today, i’m just excited. — Pam, Kensington, MD



Shell in my drive way

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: As I was going to work this morning at 7am I noticed a shell in my drive way. They’er here!!! — Mike, Arnold, Maryland



Brood X Emergence

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I live in McLean VA in suburban Washington DC. Last evening (Monday) after getting home from work my sons and I counted about 30-40 empty casings on the older trees in our front yard. Last night the big explosion began, however. When I got up this morning there were dozens of empty casing on the trees and we spotted lots and lots of cicadas crawling toward the trees and several more on the trunk and actually in the process of emerging from their casings. One was actually doing so on one of our cars. I also saw the first flying cicada, which my son picked up and carried around on his shoulders after it had landed. The empty casings, by the way, went well up into the trees. I saw some up more than 20 feet. — jmgradon, McLean, VA



am observations

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: My kids and I went out on our porch this morning to watch some birds feasting on the cicadas, and to collect some shells.

What a great science lesson! — Sean, Takoma Park, MD



They’ve Arrived!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I have seen quite a few in the yard this morning. 5 or 6 of the creatures were attached to my car which is parked under a tree. That isn’t counting the shells in the yard. It hasn’t reached overwhelming proportions yet, which is good because I have a tremendous fear of insects. — Nellie, Falls Church VA



They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This past weekend, I noticed a few shells around and Monday noticed a few more. Got up this morning and my driveway had about 50 shells and about 10 cicadas (some looked dead, some moving slowly). The tires on my car looked polka dotted with all the shells left on them. I noticed on the street in front of my house probably 100 shells and lots of run over cicadas, however, when I drove down my street, other areas didn’t seem as affected. I must be ground zero for cicada in my neighborhood (Falls Church in Fairfax County, VA, near Annandale and Arlington). We’re moving to Tacoma, Washington today – I’m hoping everything gets loaded into the truck and makes it across country without getting covered in cicadas! — Heather , Falls Church, VA



Sqealed with delight

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: This morning while out to get the paper, I nearly squished the first one. I brought it inside and showed my wife. She got so excited, she squealed with delight, jumping up and down and clapping her hands with childlike enthusiasm. I thought for a moment that she had been transported back seventeen years to the last emergence. Good times. — Brian Williams, Falls Church, VA



A few!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Last night, while walking the dogs, I saw several cicada carcasses… I’m on the lookout in my backyard now. I wasn’t in Maryland the last time and so I’m looking forward to the emergence with both trepidation and excitement…! — Michelle, Hyattsville, MD



They’re in our yard!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We spotted a few cicadas in our yard yesterday (5/10), and caught one in a jar. Didn’t see any other western Fairfax County messages, so I thought I’d contribute. — Liz, Reston, VA (west of DC)



hundreds and hundreds up

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Hundreds of cicadas up in the neighbor’s sunny, south facing yard yesterday and hundreds more today. They have climbed the stalks of unmown grass at the foot of an old maple and cover some of the small bushes. Then they take flight to nearby trees (and telephone poles.)No noise yet, except for the excited calls of the birds. — r, Annandale, VA



First sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw a great big perfectly formed, ugly cicada this morning on the outside of my screen porch. All five eyes were alert and he (she?) was ready to fly out and buzz someone. Beautiful!!!
— Peggy Douglas, Washington D.C.



I’m jealous

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve been reading with envy all the accounts of spotted cicada and I have to admit that I’m a little jealous. I haven’t heard one or seen one yet! I’m actually so ready to see one that I mistook a frog in my garage for one of the red-eyed buggers! I was 10 the last time the X brood swarmed the area and if I recall correctly, I used to pick them off my shirt and shake them out of my hair. I’m not saying I am ready to relive such an experience but now that I’m 27 I think, despite the fact that I’m not a fan of bugs, I am ready to appreciate them for their sheer magnitude and perseverance to sustain life in the ground for 17 years. Where are they already?? — Jen, Anne Arundel County



netting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I looked at the Reston Home Depot and Sterling Home Depot and Lowes; none of them have any netting. In my neighborhood, it seems like I am the only one concerned with protecting my young japanese maple trees. I think I am going to create a box out of old window screens held together with bungee cords. At least that will give them a fighting chance against egg laying in the woody stems.

— Stacey, Reston, VA



Cicada Hole Siting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Have seen lots of large holes in our lawn (under some plant pots we moved), but haven’t yet spotted an actual cicada. I love the way the creatures sound, but I can’t say I love the “crunching” under human feet. Will try to be careful when they’re out in force! — Jinny, Bethesda, MD



BUG JUICE

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Okay, first of all, why are people facinated by these aliens?! They are SO gross! I am 17 years old, and the last time these monsters were here I was just a baby. My mom remembers running me into the car as fast as she could so they woulndt feast upon my body no bigger than theirs. And now.. as I approached my car this morning.. I was “delighted” to find 3 on my little black camry. I freaked out and screamed… there were THREE… And there are supposed to be thousands?? I can’t handle this… *cries* — Mollye, Rockville, MD



Silver Spring Sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada this morning — a full-grown adult in all its black and red glory. It buzzed its way across my front porch before crashing into the side of my house. Soon, they will be crashing into me . . . — Gaston, Silver Spring, mD



Wire Mesh

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw no cicadas, yet.

I, too, found Home Depot dropped much of their wire screening line. However, the Lowes at Dulles Town Center has a large selection with various opening sizes and gauges. It was quite effective at large keeping out large rodents. If you want something heavy, try Lowe’s. — Peter, Sterling, VA



Faulty eclosion

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Cicadas need somewhere to perch and hang while they shed their skins (undergo ecdysis). If there are no good vertical surfaces (like that case below where the old tree was destroyed last year) many will not get the wingss expanded properly. — David Marshall, Raymondsville, TX until Thurs



They are here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 4-5 cicadas starting to come out of my lawn this morning when I was walking to my car. Time to get ready!!! — MK, Silver Spring, Maryland



More then a 1000

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Indiana…An easy 1000…just this morning! I have been watching them in all stages under 2 oak trees.. over a 1000 doing the cicada dance. My dog had a added treat…looks like I buy a muzzle today! It is so amazing and thrilling. We have been much warmer here…mid 80’s and looks like it came early. The grass is so heavy under the trees with no signs of hills. — Harriet, Nashville, Indiana ( South-Central)



Arrival last night

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: The 11 o’clock news showed the emergence in College Park, MD, so I went outside with a flashlight to look for bugs on our four mature trees. Sure enough, the front yard, with its red maple, were /swarming/ with them. But we couldn’t find /any/ on our ash and two maples in the back yard. A neighbor speculated that because it was so rainy last year, and our back yards are so marshy, the larvae may have drowned. Any thoughts on this? — Jason R Tibbetts, Falls Church, VA



Many Emerging

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We started noticing the nymphs emerging Friday morning. This morning our oak tree had hundreds of the red eyes getting ready to sing…. — Cicada Watcher, Ellicott City, MD



I miss the cicads!!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I was born in DC in the summer of 1970 and my mother recounts what it was like to be pregnant with the cicadas swarming and singing all around her. It breaks my heart that I’m currently living in New England, and will miss the fascinating, hypnotizing, wonderful little creatures. Anyone want to FedEx me one? — Ren, Cambridge, Mass.



I won!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I’ve counted at least 8 cicadas in my yard this morning. I moved out from CA less than 10 mos. ago, my wedding (partially outdoors) is planned for next month, and it’s just my freaky good luck that these creatures are timed to emerge now! My fiance left for a week-long business trip yesterday to boot, so it’s just me, our dog, and the cicadas. We made a bet as to when we thought the bugs would come out, and I won! You can be sure I’ll be cashing in on my bet when he comes back. — Julie, Washington, DC



No ugly bugs here!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: First, let me start off by stating my own preferred name for cicadas is ‘ugly bug’ because they look like mutant house flies.

We normally get the late summer variety of ugly bugs but I haven’t seen any of this brood X yet.

When I moved into my house 12 years ago, I had a large Elm tree in my back yard that was always full of ugly bugs in late summer, I couldn’t even go out my back door at night without stirring up a bunch of them. In Feb of 1994 a devestating ice storm hit our area and the Elm tree didn’t make it. Each year after that, the siting of ugly bugs in my yard has dwindled to near nothing. If I have/had any brood X ugly bugs in my yard, would they have died when the Elm tree was removed? Or maybe our area doesn’t even have any brood X to begin with? We’ll find out soon enough, I suppose. — Jeff, Lynchburg, VA



Saw my first yesterday

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: They aren’t all over the place yet, but I have spotted a few. The first was drying off about 10:30am yesterday on my garden hose. http://www.elb.com/~hjohnson/randompics/cicada.jpg — Ruby, Lorton, VA



they’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Out this morning in Arlington and there were about a hundred on one tree alone. The birds were enjoying a hearty breakfast, and the hum has begun in heavily wooded areas. — Pixie, Arlington, VA



Holes and Wings

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Have spotted holes in the ground. A few Cicadas in the trees. One on our front porch and one very nearly dropped in my mouth. — Goose McKraut, Oakton, Virginia



These poor guys, by the thousands

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Lots of the poor guys wandering around on the sidewalk where a huge tree used to stand before the hurricane took it out last fall.

Why do so many of them–about half of the thousands that have emerged since last Thursday–why are they deformed? Typically, their wings don’t unfurl all the way and wind up drying half formed. They flap them so hard but can’t get off the ground and instead wind up rolling in the dirt. It’s so sad! They have a hard life, these guys.

— Alex , Side street in Chevy Chase, MD–Montgomery County



Cicada sighting in DC

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I saw about 10 cicadas huddled along a big branch on an old fruit tree out in the lawn next to my house yesterday.

I’d like to screen off my porch. Does anyone know where I can get 1/4inches netting in the DC area (10’x20′)? Home Depot didn’t carry it. — Ben, Washington, DC



sstillll waiting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: were are they i think there being sneaky this year owell — ryan demoss, tn nashville



Nothing yet….

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: But still awaiting ! I don’t remmeber the last “attack” so now that I’m 37, I should appreciate this summer event enev more ! — Frank, Harrisonburg, VA



Saw first one yesterday

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Yesterday I saw our first cicada. No singing yet. I wasn’t sure they would hit our area since it looks like we’re on the fringe of the map. — Jerri, Ellijay, GA USA



I think this will be the week!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Well, we are expecting rain in the afternoons this week, and temps in the 80-90’s…….I have unearthed one nymph, ( I put him back) and my husband found one also, I keep checking for chimmneys, but havn’t found any….What gives? I grew up in Florida, and have only experienced ugh….Palmetto bugs. I am so excited to experience this natural phenom.! My friends are even having a cicada party!!!!! Complete with Sweet Cicada Pie! (It will just be Sweet potatoes, but maybe some nuts to make it crunchy! MMMMMM! I’ll let you know how it goes! — Becky, Annapolis, Maryland



Bring ’em on!

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I was 10 in ’87, but now I’m 27 and ready to appreciate the coming invasion. Let’s see how many of these bad boys can make it out in 2004! — Jason Baumgartner, Bel Air, MD



Spotted in Arlington, VA

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Probably about 30 or so on the sidewalks in the area near Wilson Blvd and George Mason Drive in Arlington, VA — at around 1:30 am 5/11/2004. — Andrew Nuckols, Arlington, VA



Green Cicadas???

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: I grew up in Southwestern Oklahoma and they do have many many cicadas there during the summer months. I have never seen a black cicada before or even heard of one until now, when i was reading about the brood x happenings on www.msnbc.com

The cicadas I alway saw in oklahoma were green, not black, I dont see any pictures of green ones on this site. Have any of you seen green cicadas as well? — Scott, Salt Lake City Utah



a spotting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Saw about 10-15 cicadas crawling around and shedding their skin tonight. — Evan, Princeton, NJ



They are here

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: Counted 10 to 15 this morning in the yard. Yippie!! — kamie, Alexandria, VA



Cicada Sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/11/2004

Message: We saw and heard cicadas tonight at Delhi Park in Cincinnati. Not to many, but they are finally emerging! Looking forward to the next couple of days. — Bill, Western Hills; Cincinnati, OH



None yet…..

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: No cicadas have emerged here yet. They are fascinating to me, but only from a DISTANCE!! Last time they were out, there was one standing on my patio near the back door. I was too afraid to go out the door, thought it would jump up onto me or something. It just stood there all day. Finally a friend who came over went out to chase it away, and it turned out to be nothing but an empty cicada-shell! — Maryann, Central NJ



Aftermath of Hurricane Isabel

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Last night we noticed dozens of cicada nymphs on the sidewalk in front of our home, near where a tree came down during Hurricane Isabel last year. We think that they were living on the tree’s roots and are now not sure where to go. The wandering nymphs are fascinating, but I can’t wait to see them after they’ve shed! — MMM, Washington, DC



At Last!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: The Cicadas emerged today at my house today, only about 100 of them but I can’t wate to see what tommarow brings. — Ian, Morristown TN. ~Hamblen County~



Cicada

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Something very unusual happened this evening (May 10th) while sitting on my front porch.
There was sawdust on various portions of the floor of my porch. After looking around, I noticed small holes above me in the cedar ceiling of my porch. It was then I also heard unusual sounds. I flushed out the holes and lo and behold, three cicadas dropped out from the holes. NOTE: My house was built 17 years ago.
— Lynn G., Jamison, PA



YIKES!!!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: It’s good to see that other people are freaking out like myself. I thought I was the only one who was afraid. Bugs are not “cool”, and anyone who thinks they are I envy. I started panicing weeks ago and trying to think of ways to cover myself. Today on rainshop.com I bought one of the “bubble umbrellas” of the 70s. Other scared people should buy them too, and we can start a cool new fashion statement! — Simone , Silver Spring, MD



AHH

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I do not want these cicadas to come out! im deathly afraid of bugs..and this isnt going to help! everyone is telling me that they wont hurt you…but i dont care…it still flies, and its still a bug! grr..anywho..enough of my complaining! hope everyone has a fun time dealing with these things;).
Kim* — kim, Westminster,MD



Cicadas on the porch

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: today, May 10 there were a few cicadas on our porch here in the woods. Many could be heard in the distance — george, NE Georgia Mountains Blairsville



A real odditie…

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: There is a hole, a borrow hole about the size of a golfball along side of the railroad tie which boxes off my parking pad. Last nite we saw something unusual at least to us anyway. Instead of Cicads coming out of the hole a thing that looked similar to a midget lobster popped his head and claws out just far enough for me to see it’s 1 inch crab like claws and it had 2 feelers or antenni on it’s head. It wouldn’t come out any further. I know we don’t have scorpions here in central Maryland or at least there is not supposed to be.
Is there such a thing as a cicada Killer?? It really has me puzzeled..
Well I was just informed by a 15 year old boy that these are crawfish.. Now I never know crawfish to live in a residential neighborhood… Thansk
Harry
— Harry Chavez Sr, Edgewood, Maryland



The Cicada have finally emerged in the nations Capitol

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: It’s Monday May 10, 2004 and I observed my first Black-bodied, Red-eyed Cicada today! These are the first I’ve seen in DC this year. I captured it in a cup, showed it off to everyone I could, then named it Ralph and brought it home to Manassas, VA for the family and pets to see! And play with! — Jeff, US Naval Observatory, Washington DC



adult cicadas

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: this morning I woke up to find several dozen cicada nymphs covering the bush in my front yard…many were still coming out of there shells. There were also several cicadas that had already emerged. — Janell, Fairfax, VA



Emerging in Rockville, MD

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: The cicadas started coming out Friday morning, May 7th in an area where we get lots of sun. Today (the 10th), I’ve been watching them emerge all day long. They are crawling all over my hostas, daylillies and shrubs as well as up the brick facing of my townhouse all around the door which is a little freaky. I’m both horrified and fascinated! — Rose, Rockville, MD



Two in my backyard right now

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I have two cicadas in my yard right now. One is still drying one wing, and the other just flew off. Last night after my angst at not seeing any holes, I found one adult in the front yard. Yes, I am happy. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



First sighting

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I just saw my first cicada while walking the dogs this morning. My daughter is getting married in two weeks and we are completely calm about this natural phenomenon. The ceremony is outdoors (reception indoors) and I just hope one of them doesn’t fall into her hair as she walks down the path but otherwise, we’re looking on their arrival and presence as a sign of good luck. Trying to be very “meditative” about the whole thing since there’s not a lot we can do at this point. — Mireille, Bethesda, MD



Adult cicadas

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: This morning one of my students brought in an adult cicada. With my 4th grade classes, we took a walk around the school. We found another adult on a tree. They are predicting that Wed. as the mass time. We are in Silver Spring in the Four Corners area.

Shirley Jeffords — Shirley Jeffords , Silver Spring, MD



Saw one this morning

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: A freshly-hatched one too. It looked like a jewel carved out of ivory with carnelian beads for eyes. It was laying in the gutter with its nymph shell nearby and I helped it onto a tree to dry out. What a great way to begin a trilling week! — Christa, Alexandria, VA



They are here!

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: Last night at 10:17 pm we witnessed the first mass emergence near the College Park Campus of the University of Maryland. This was the “hundred cicada per tree” kind of event spoken of by folks like John Cooley. Cicadamaniac Paula Shrewsbury said “It was that kind of special, magic night entomologists dream of but rarely get a chance to experience”. Needless to say the rest of the Cicadamaniacs are nearly orgasmic over the arrival of Brood X. — MIke Raupp, College Park, MD



Good snakes

Date: Monday, May/10/2004

Message: I don’t get it – why you all folks so happy about this horrible event, which is going to spoil half of the summer?
Well, anyway – we are not seeing these celebrated ugly things here in Fairfax yet. HUNDREDS of holes, though. But we are seeing SNAKES. I live in Fairfax almost 10 years – and I haven’t seen anything but GARDEN snakes here before. Now – there are something entirely different, something that looks dangerous. So – here we go, predators are coming for a generous meal! Be excited – if you can. — Elena, Farfax



They are out in full force here

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: The last few days, we have seen hundreds of cicadas around our house. I have had to sweep them off the back porch before stepping out. They are still emerging and if they keep coming out – it will be truely amazing. So far they have been quiet…not sure when they are suppose to start “singing”. — Bennie, Knoxville, TN



Nymph sightings

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I posted earlier with my sighting of a fully emerged adult male. After finishing my yard work for the day I can say I think they will begin to emerge in full force this week in suburban Maryland. I have seen several nymph holes in my yard by moving stones and pieces of wood. I don’t even have a big tree in my yard but my neighbor does right by the fence. With temps in the high eighties and the chance of late day thunder storms to soften the ground even more, I think this is the week to see a mass emergence! I am taking photos with my digital camera and may post them on the web.
Later! — Sean, Kensington, MD (Suburban Wash. DC)



Saw my first brood x cicada

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: UGH! I saw the one (and only one) at Blue Lick State Park in northern KY today, Mother’s Day.

— Jill, Kentucky



No longer waiting in Bethesda

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: Me again.

After I sent the last, sad message, that I had no evidence of cicadas on my property, I started planting some flowers in a vine covered shade garden and saw a cicada nymph. Then I noticed some holes nearby and my children overturned some flagstones to uncover dozens of holes and nearly emerging nymphs. Whew. I thought I would be left out. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



First sighting (for me anyway)

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I was pruning shrubs and trees in my back yard this morning and I was startled by a large buzzing insect which flew into my head and landed on my shirt. I was overjoyed to see that it was a small male cicada recently emerged, it’s wings and other body parts were just rigid enough for it to attempt flight. I carried him up to my deck to finish drying. Later I went up to check on him and he flew off as I came close. Brood X is not far away Washington! Get ready and bring your ear plugs! — Sean Coleman, Kensington, MD (Wash. DC suburb)



Waiting in Bethesda

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I am disappointed that there are no signs of cicadas in my yard. The local school has lots of cicada holes around a huge old tree, but my yard has nothing. Our trees are old and I don’t think there was a lot of construction done in the past 17 years, so where are my cicadas? (Although I believe this 1940’s house was added onto *in* 1987. Perhaps the construction made the insects uncomfortable and they all went into neighbors’ yards.

I am so excited about this emgergence. I was fascinated with the 1987 cicadas. I was teaching in Arlington, Virginia at the time and it was thick with the little critters there. Alexandria, where I lived at the time, had few…at least in my neighborhood.

Sorry about your message boards. I was looking for my old post and saw that you needed to change formats. Some people are just plain mean. — Dona, Bethesda, MD, USA



Waiting and dreading

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: They are not officially here, but I see the holes around the trees and other places. It has been 80 degrees for 3 days and the ground should be warm enough soon. Having lived through at least 3 sieges of cicadas (one may have been the 13 yr variety), I am terrified, they fly right into a person. Blindly driven by that mating call. I have bought 4 ponchos, the dollar variety, hoping to cover myself with a non stick surface on route to and from car. I HAVE to work or I would stay in house for a month. At night, the last time they came the ground would ripple under the trees where they were erupting. YUCK. Thanks for this board, I love reading the other experiences. — Micki, Nashville TN



awaiting emergence

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: I have not yet seen an adult, but have encountered an enormous number of nymphs just below the surface on my property. From doing some careful digging, overturning logs, etc., I think that I have an underground cicada nymph density of about 30-50 per square yard – this is not a surprising number given that almost all of the ten acres I own is old, virgin forest. It is going to get crazy here shortly.

I am expecting emergence within the next few days, especially since we are going to be having high temps in the 80s for at least the next week, which will get the ground warm. Am planning on videotaping much of the emergence, and then moving my bed to a windowless basement so that I can sleep through the noise at night. — Greg Lehmiller, North Baltimore County, Maryland



Not here yet…..

Date: Sunday, May/9/2004

Message: But I’ve been watching! Will go to the Furnace Hills today and see if we can find any. — Mike Frey, Lancaster PA



Cicada video – emergence from shell!

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: 2 years ago I saw (for the first time in my life) a cicada emerging from its shell. I ran & grabbed my 8mm video camera & shot almost all of it. I shot 90 min before my camera broke down. I edited it down to 15 min & put a Tool song behind it. You can watch the movie free on my website here:

http://homepage.mac.com/weedmeat/iMovieTheater3.html

You need a newer version of Quicktime to watch it as it’s in mp4 format. Quicktime is a free download from http://apple.com/quicktime/

Dim the lights, crank the volume, have fun, & let me know what you think. And watch out for the crazy ant ;^) — weedmeat, Chicago



How can I preserve cicadas?

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: I teach 4th and 5th science and would like to preserve some of the adult cicada. How can I do it? To preserve the nymphs just let them dry out. — Shirley Jeffords, Wheaton, MD



Emergence in Fort Aberdeen

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: Our neighbor was attending an outdoor ceremony in a tent in Fort Aberdeen, MD on May 6 when the Brood X came out in large numbers. We have cicadas one inch down in our soil waiting for the right moment which should be soon. — David Olson, Columbia, MD



first sighting in DC?

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: It’s 2:15am and there’s a cicada sticking to the frame of the door of my apartment complex. I am *so* staying indoors this weekend. — AG, Washington DC



question

Date: Saturday, May/8/2004

Message: how big are adult cicadas? — Adolf, baltimore,md



Do these cicada’s come to Massachusetts?

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: I do not remember seeing these things. Are they like locusts? — Diane Marshall, Wrentham,Ma



Protective Cicada Gear

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: For anyone who is absolutely terrified of these buggers, you might want to invest in clear bubble umbrella like the ones from the 70’s. They cover the top half of your body. Even though the cicadas can fly up underneath, at least you can prevent them for landing in your hair or splatting in your face.
I look forward to seeing the month of July!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good luck everyone!! — Angie, Cincinnati, Ohio



Cicadas at night

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: Are cicadas active at night? Are they attracted to lights? Will it help to put yellow bulbs in my porch lights? — Gaston, Silver Spring, MD



Run for your life

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: I can’t believe I have to endure these things again! Isn’t anyone else out there frightened to death? Where can I move that’s within an hour or so to DC to escape these little nightmares!?!? — Mr Bug, Bethesda, MD



me so scuuurreedd

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: i HATE bugs, but more than that, they scccaaarreee me! eeewwwww – how long are they here for? i’m in the dc area – and where can i go for a month that they won’t be?!?! — lisa, dc



First Cicada

Date: Friday, May/7/2004

Message: When dropping my daughter off at daycare this morning I almost stepped on a cicada. It’s wings were not spread yet and it just rolled off the step as I moved by.

I didn’t get a picture but it looked exactly as I remember it from my childhood.

My wife is going to be so unhappy that I saw one first. πŸ˜‰ — Mark, Wheaton, MD (just outside the Capitol Beltway)



Cicada Image from 17 Years ago.

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I took this image in Maryland 17 years ago, during the last periodic appearance of these pests.

http://www.photo.com/photodb/photo.tcl?photo_id=2343185

— Bill Angel, Silver Spring, Maryland



Cicada Function

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Try this website for more information about Cicada’s and their purpose for life on earth.

http://www.lander.edu/rsfox/310TibicenLab.html — Erin, Columbia, MD



Sighting

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I saw one flying around my window at work around 3:00 pm today. EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW — yuck, Columbia



Do they sing at night?

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Do they sing all day and all night? Do they ever stop before they die? — Sheila, Baltimore,MD



What is the purpose?

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I can’t find anything to document the function or purpose of a cicada? Anyone out there know anything? — Kim, Baltimore, MD



Hurry up, cicadas!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I remember the “invasion” in 1987. One of my co-workers was outside having a smoking break and a cicada flew up her skirt and got stuck on her pantyhose. It has been a long 17 years and I need another laugh of that magnitude.

Seriously, my best friend was out looking for spring peepers and found a lot of cicadas underneath rocks, just waiting. My guess is that when we start having warmer nights, they will come up.

Suggestion for fun — have an office cicada pool! Everyone contributes a dollar and the first person who sees a cicada wins the pool!

Have a trilling day!
Christa — Christa, Alexandria, VA



RE: DON’T SPRAY

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: Roberta Burnes makes an excellent point. I hear about at least one pet dying per year after eating cicadas which were sprayed with pesticides. If you love your pets, or neighbors pets, don’t spray. In addition pesticides meant to kill pests can kill other insects as well. Guess what happens when you kill too many bees: plants don’t get fertilized, they die off and no more food for you and me. — Dan Mozgai, Cicada Mania Headquarters



DON’T SPRAY! Spraying cicadas poisons cats and dogs!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I’ve read so many posts from scared people who talk of spraying the cicadas….please people, THINK about where that poison goes once it hits the cicada. These insects are food for many, many other creatures including songbirds, cats, dogs, squirrels, snakes. Poison does not get magically washed away — when you spray insecticide it enters the food chain. One cat or robin gorging themselves on cicadas (which is what they do during emergences) can ingest enough poison to cause paralysis or death. I’ve seen it happen with songbirds when I worked in a wildlife rehab clinic. Please don’t spray the cicadas — it won’t stop them coming into your yard from other areas, and you’ll wond up poisoning many other creatures unintentionally. — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



just a question

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: ummm well i have been hereing that cicadas can pinch you and leave a scar or something. are they so loud that you can here them when your window is closed? — unone, Maryland



Won’t be long now!

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: My wife and I were planting a bit in the garden yesterday and found them about an inch down. I imagine DC is ready to break with Baltimore right behind. The soil temperature should be perfect after this weekend as we’ll be in the 80’s (pushing 90). We’re leaving for Ireland tonight and we fully expect them to be out when we get back next week.

As far as your plants, not to worry. The evergreens are also relatively safe. Your young trees, however, will get some attention. We also have a young Japanese Maple. Just don’t prune anything until after they’re gone as they’ll kill some branches. The cheesecloth or some mesh is a good idea as it reduces the probability of them making it to your tree. They’re really dumb, but when there’s a million of them, chances are they’ll make it no matter what!

Have Fun! — JS, Baltimore, MD



Harm to Plants

Date: Thursday, May/6/2004

Message: I would like to know other than the small fruit trees in my backyard that I have covered with cheescloth, will the cicadas harm azaleas, rhodos, japanese maple or red leaf maples that are 4 years old? Will they touch small evergreens – like blue spruce or douglas firs? How about shrubs like holly?

I want to cover everything that might be affected in my landscape in southern Maryland. Can someone give me these answers or point me to a place that I can get these answers?

Thanks in advance! — Heidi , Waldorf, MD



turrets

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Breaking off the turrets is not likely to hurt them, although no one really knows for sure what the turrets are for. The cicadas sometimes just seal such openings back up until it is time to come out. — David Marshall, Univ. of CT (Land of Basketball Domination)



Mud Chimneys

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I was trimming my hedge in front of the house, and when I was raking up the trimmings, I broke off a bunch of mud chimneys! Sorry little dudes! Will this hurt the nymphs at all? Maybe not because they stay in the ground? Thanks for any info! — David Kirk, Brookville, IN



Time of Cicada arrival

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Today I found several all white cicada under logs and brush. They were right at ground level and out of there holes. Can anybody give an approximate date for the emergence in the Washington D.C. area? — Richard, Sandy Spring, Maryland



How bad will they be in Dayton?

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I went through this in 1999, when Brood V hit northern WV. Now, I’ve moved to Dayton, and it’s not fair that I’ll have to deal with another round of cidadas only 5 years later.

What I remember from WV was an astonishing plague of biblical proportions. People didn’t want to leave the house. You couldn’t make it 10 feet outside your door without getting hit by 2 or 3 of them.

I’ve heard that Cincinnati will be very hard hit. But does anyone know what they’re like in Dayton (southeast side, specifically)? Do they blacken the skies like I remember Brood V doing?

What, exactly, am I in for? Please tell me something good. — Dave, Dayton, OH



Incoming cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Many people have asked about pesticides for these periodical cicadas. I would like to post my opinion: Deal with the temporary inconvenience of the cicada invasion. History shows that humans have been less-than-responsible in our use of pesticides and their long-term negative impact on the global environment. These bugs are basically harmless, although a nuisance, and before you know it, they’ll be gone and we can enjoy another 17 years (!) with no cicadas. — Siobhan, PG County, Maryland



Magi-cicada

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: It’s pronounced “magi – cicada”– no “k” sound. I wondered the same thing until I went on my internship with UConn’s cicada team for Brood XXIII two years ago. =) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



pronounce “magicicada” please

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Is it like “magic” with a “k” and then “cicada” or just “magi” without the “k” sound? Also, is the plural of “cicada” also “cicada” or is it “cicadas”?
Thanks! — Terri, Silver Spring, Maryland



Their pinchers

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Now I know they dont bite you but can they pich you? — Jean, Lebanon,IN



My first cicada and UM T-shirts

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I saw my first cicada yesterday – I was weeding my flower bed and pick up a rock – there was a large, pale insect with red eyes pushing up out of a newly-dug chimney. It quickly retreated – aaaaggh! The light! The light! I then started looking around my yard and noticed a lot of chimneys, all over the place. I haven’t seen any more cicadas yet, though.

For another topic, does anyone know if you can purchase the University of Maryland Entomology Department T-shirts online? — JenB, Alexandria, Virginia



Non-periodic cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I hear loud buzzes on some nights while driving past thick woods in North Florida, and these rise and fall in volume and pitch in exact unison. Is this news to anybody? It seems remarkable to me that the bugs could stay in time tho spread out over a mile or so of woods.
And are these sounds from cicadas at all, or could they be katydids or some such, even though they are very loud and easily audible from a car speeding past the woods.
I’ve heard these synchronized sounds many nights, and am not sure they are caused by PERIODIC cicadas.
Are there nonperiodic cicadas in North Florida that emerge at random times, thus having some in the woods at all times?
Thanks for any helpful info. Paul — PAUL, bRADENTON FL USA



Location

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Does anyone know where in Indy I may take my children to enjoy this event.. I have heard that they may emerge around the Fort Ben area. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks. — Kim, Indianapolis, IN



Question

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: How long do Cicada’s stay for? — Nathan, Lebanon, IN, Boone Country



Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: Tehe last time the Cicadas were here one flew into my hair and I have been scared to death of them ever since. If the market has spray to kill other insects, why doesn’t someone come up with something to get rid of these horrible things? True they can’t hurt you but there so many of them that it seems something could be done. — Linda M., Cincinnati, Ohio



Oh my, could it be?

Date: Wednesday, May/5/2004

Message: I’m no expert, but I think I saw a new adult while removing sheets I had put over my roses. At first I thought it was a strange grasshopper! — Michael, Maysville, KY



cicada sighting

Date: Tuesday, May/4/2004

Message: Saw cincada for first time today. Was moving mulch off flowers emerging from ground. When I moved the mulch maybe a 1inch under was two cincada still white in form . — Polly Weber, Elkton, Md , Cecil county



The Message Board is back up

Date: Tuesday, May/4/2004

Message: Due to fact that we were getting too much spam and family-unfriendly messages, the board is now moderated. Send in your message, we’ll review it and post it. — Dan Mozgai, New Jersey

May 7, 2004

Cicada News 5/7/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:47 pm

Washington Post :Cicada Emergence by the Numbers. This article features an exceptional chart outlining the probability of a cicada emergence. (thx Mike).

High-protein, low-carbohydrate diet fanatics take note: The billions of cicadas emerging from the ground en masse this month are a healthy alternative to that bacon double-cheeseburger without the bun.

April 30, 2004

Cicada Comments from April 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:16 am

re: flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Becca, they start out crawling when they emerge from underground. They crawl up the highest thing (ie; a tree), where they transform into flying creatures. Check out this link: http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/michigan_cicadas/Periodical/Index.html And I totally understand and share your fears. I’m also from New England, and had I known that this occured, I probably would have never relocated out here! — Patricia, PG County, MD



They are lots of fun

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: If you do get these here are some fun things to do with them. In 87 we dressed one up like elvis. Then we made some small glasses cut out of clear film and super glued them to the cicadas eyes. Looked really cool. But the best thing to do to them is amuse them. We found an adult cicada fit perfectly in the barrel of a paint ball gun. It is like a amusement ride for them. After giving them a co2 enama they leave the barrel at 300 ft per sec.That way the birds cant eat them, They are going to fast. The other fun thing is to paint their eyes with white-out and let them go in the house. They will fly into everything. Also if you pull the wings off they have to walk the rest of their lives. On the same note you can pull the legs off throw them in the air and they have to fly the rest of their life. I have taken bottle rockets off the stick and super glue the bottle rocket to the cicadas back, light it and throw it in the air, They get a bang out of that. If you any more good clean fun cicada amusement ideas plz e-mail them to me. Don — Doneagle5 [AT] aol.com, Cincinnati



flying or crawling?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do they fly or crawl? do they crawl up your pants legs? do they crawl on your screens? I’m DREADING this. I grew up in New England where we didn’t have these… — Becca, PG County, MD



OK…..

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Thanks for your words Leslie. I am right next door in Hyattsville and you have calmed me a bit… — Patricia, PG County, MD



SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Hey all, I need advice bad from a GOOD source of information. Can anyone tell me something about the cicada that will make me feel a little better? All I am hearing is that it will be impossible to function outside becuase they will be swarming all around us. I am getting scared to even take my 15 mth old son outside to play…I need to know if this is really as bad as everyone is saying. Can someone give me some knowledgable words of comfort? — jamie, Charlotte Hall, MD



Are they coming earlier than expected?

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I had heard that they were supposed to be coming out in mid-May, now I’m hearing that it will be sooner. Does anyone know? I am REALLY scared, (and know they are harmless but it doesn’t matter). I’m just freaking out here. I hadn’t heard about them swarming around people before…I was going to carry an umbrella when I went outside, but now it sounds like it won’t help much…any advice is most appreciated… — Patricia, PG County, MD



Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Do cicadas eat or dig holes in your yard? — Letitia, Maryland



Dundalk

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I’ve contacted the principal of the Dundalk Middle School, and boy are you kids in trouble. Wait ’til your parents find out. Also, I guess your teachers aren’t doing a very good job, ‘cuz you kids sure can’t spell. — Sky, Arlington, Va.



CICADA

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: HOW DO THEY EAT THERE FOOD? — ROGER THOMPSON, DUNDALK



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I WORSHIP THE DEVEIL
\ — veronica, school



Moo!

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: ROGER LOVE A TREE HUGGING HIPPE AND DARIUS! — Meru, Dundalk



dghd

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: no i dont ROGER dose lol — clinton, dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I LOVE CLINTON — veronica weber, school



Meow

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im boucnybunny lol dodododododododododododo roger sucks! — Meru69, dundalk



kissy kissy

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: im a happy bunny hug me — Roger, Dundalk middle school



cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi veronica weber. — clinton , dundalk middle school



cicada

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi clenton — see more buts, dundalk md.



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: hi — bob, dudndalk



hi

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: you guys are stupid — bob, dundalk



COOLEST THING

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: Dear Ralph – Is it Norwood or Kenwood? — Ghost, Warren County



To Amy in Ohio

Date: Thursday, Apr/22/2004

Message: I saw the coolest thing in Walgreens yesterday that would be perfect for your cicada party, check it out. — Ralph, Norwood



I died and went to hell

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I moved to Reston VA in 1987 from NY and I never in my life experienced anything like these buggers! I thought I had died and gone to hell. I used to RUN to the mailbox and back, ending up covered in these disgusting creatures… screaming all the way. I swore that I’d MOVE before the 17 years was up and they came again. Doh. I’m still here. I plan on not leaving the house for a month. — Jean B, Reston VA



protecting my air conditioner

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Do I need to protect my air conditioners from cicadas? If yes, what should I use? — maggie, maryland



Re: Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: A.Briscoe,
The cicadas should be here about mid May & be gone by the middle of June. As far as I remember the brunt of the chaos was in the last week of May & the first week of June. Hope this helps. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Magicicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: The magicicadas are going to be here next month(May). My question is when they arrive, how long will they be in town? — A.Briscoe, Mount Rainier, MD, P.G. County



Party cicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Are you kidding Amy? Go to cincycicada.com where you can get all of your cicada supplies, shirts, mugs, coasters and more! — Joe, Cincinnati



Cicada Items

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: Does anyone know where I can get Cicada items for a Cicada theme party in May? I am looking for Tshirts- or cups.Thanks,
Amy — Amy, Ohio



Highway Problems?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/21/2004

Message: I have a road trip planned to Pittsburg the 1st week of June. Will there still be alot then. Will I be stopping every few mile to clean my windshield. Are they going to clog up my radiator. — Steve, Colerain Twp (Cincinnati)



Nymphs are starting to build mud chimneys!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I was out in the woods in my back yard this afternoon & saw that some of the cicada nymphs are starting to build little mud chimneys to control the wet soil they are in. The little buggers don’t want to drown down there even though from reading some of these message posts lots of people wish they would. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



WHY?!?!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Why does this have to happen? If I could think of my absolute worst nightmare – it would be huge flying ugly bugs covering every inch of land! I can already see myself being injured or having a panic attack after a run in with a cicada. I am just ready to get it over with… — Tiffany, Laurel, MD



RE: Lain

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: I seriously doubt they’re Cicadas. What color were they? Are they stubby and plump like a miniature vienna sausage, or are they flat w/ antennae? If they were perfectly round, very small and looked like a ladybug only brown, I’d say they were probably Japanese Ladybugs. They have a hard casing with wings below. I’m such a bug phobe. The exterminator is coming tomorrow to deal with our Carpenter Bees over our deck, the Paper Wasps that have taken up residence there, and the 3 Waterbugs I found a few days ago. I HATE BUGS! The only think I hate more are CICADAS. I don’t see them as bugs; they’re little demons. I feel like I’m in a race to get everything done before they invade N. Kentucky. Once they’re here … I’m staying in. It’ll take Jesus’ coming to get me out of this place! — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



I remember them well!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: They don’t seem to have gotten here yet but I know they’re on their way. The last time they were here my dog ate them like popcorn and gained 5 lbs–the only member of my family that thought it was a GOOD thing! I feel sorry for everyone who has to work outside–it’s miserable especially for landscapers, lawncare folks, etc. The cicadas are drawn to loud buzzing noises and have been known to send grown men on ride mowers over the edge! — J. Lee, Nashville, Tennessee



Cicada Life cycle

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Last night I found 8 small (1/4 inch)
bugs in my living room. They had hard outer wing cases with wings below. I did a little research on some insect keys but my insect anatomy is a little rusty. Does anyone know if there’s any possibility that these are cicadas? I do hope so because if they’re not they’re small roaches!
Thanks
Iain G — Iain, Annapolis, MD



Re: sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Tuesday, Apr/20/2004

Message: Becca,
Yes, the critters will try to come inside if you have your doors open at night with strong light inside the house. Also, cicadas are attracted to porch lights so it’s best to keep those off at night if you are outside. Cicadas are not known to have road rage so no need to panic if one lands on you, just brush it off. If you are scared to touch them just carry a small paint brush with you & you can use that to brush them off that way. They are obviously more crawlers before they shed their skins but both crawl & fly when adults. Hope this helps.
— Roy T, Batavia, OH



Dothey see

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I want to know if cicada’s can see. Or are this big eyed bugs blind. and if they can’nt see why are their eyes so big.You wood think that if they have such big red eyes,and have so many fly life looks.Again why can’nt they see where they’re going.And what they’re doing.Do they smell’I did’nt see a nose I just see those “BIG SPOOKY SCARRY RED EYES!!!” — Nita E., baltimore maryland



to Amanda

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Girl I understand how you feel because I have never seen these bugs before either and I am scared. I just want them to hurry up and come because I am tired of hearing about them. The more I hear about them the more scared I get. When it comes to your lacrosse practice, personally I would stay in the house or ask if they could have practice indoors. — kendra, pg county Maryland



sooo worried about the bugs

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Does anyone know if there is anything you can do to minimize the chance of the cicadas landing on you? Are there colors that are better or worse? Are they more flying or crawling bugs? Do they try to come inside (like moths)? — Becca, Maryland



Re: Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: John,
There was an emergence several years ago along the river upstream from Newport & the cicadas emerged all the way up to the riverbanks so I doubt the critters will be repelled by the water. Sorry it wasn’t the answer you probably wanted to hear. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Do they like water?

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: I’m the GM of a popular rest with a patio overlooking the river. Is it true that Cicadas hate the water and if so are my guests safe from the annoyance? Please help — john, newport



Got a Shirt from www.cincycicada.com

Date: Monday, Apr/19/2004

Message: Joe I goy one of those shirts you were talking about how funny. I think the web site is. www.cincycicada.com — John, Cincinnati



4/18/2004…Found 7 cicadas emerging!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Thought these buggers weren’t due until mid to late May?! Found seven right below the soil while digging to plant a few flowers. (Thought I could beat the cicada frenzy). These babies are ready now, YUK! I can hardly wait. Actually, I wish they’d just come on and get here and get it over with! I’m tired of thinking about it! I feel like standing outside and screaming “If you want me, come get me!” People say they won’t hurt you….heart attacks hurt; don’t they?! — Linda, Fairfield Ohio



decibels

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: Does anyone know why if one cicada makes a sound as loud as a motorcycle, why don’t 1000 cicadas sound like the accumulated sound of 1000 motorcycles? — Jon, MD



Hate those bugs!!!!

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: I’m the floral designer for Cappel’s Downtown Store in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even thought we hate these bugs, we at Cappel’ enjoy making these little bugs into pins and have made special order Cicada pith hats for those who feel the need for them! You can’t do anything about them so live with them and have a party! A Cicada Party, why not, live a little!!! Linda — Linda, Cincinnati, Ohio



will it effect me outside

Date: Sunday, Apr/18/2004

Message: hi this is my first time experiencing the cicadas. i go to school in DC and we have lacrosse practice everyday outside on the field. Do you think this will effect me a lot. Did i mention that i am SO freaked out when it comes to bugs. I just can’t wait till this is over and it hasn’t even started. — Amanda, Bethesda, MD



They’re Here!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: I was working in the yard today, 4/18/04 and saw two of the little buggers when I picked up a bag of mulch that had been sitting on the grass. I figure the mulch bag made the earth warm and they thought it was time to come out and date. Oh boy-here we go again! — Greg Schwartz, City of Alexandria, VA



Yuck, this can’t be happening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: Is it true that those icky sticky shelled bugs are coming back in May 2004. I seem to remember the Cicada’s coming not too long ago! No way it’s been 7 years! Is there anything you can do to prefent them from eating away at our trees? — Molly joe Sue, Ohio



Cicada T-Shirts

Date: Saturday, Apr/17/2004

Message: If you are looking for a funny twist to the cicada invasion look at this site.
www.cincycicada.com
The tshirts are great. — Joe, Ohio



OK…I have faced the fact that they are coming…

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: …but I am SO scared. I have an unbelievable bug phobia and I truly do not know how I am going to make it through this.I am so glad that I found this site, and I really appreciate the links that someone was nice enough to provide to give more info.Question: Are they really active in the evening? I’m thinking that if I stay in all day, maybe I can get out at night to run errands. or maybe first thing in the morning… — Patricia, PG County, MD



My God, a Cicada sonata

Date: Friday, Apr/16/2004

Message: If a Cicada mates with a sheep, does it result in a baa hum bug? — Bug lovin’, Baltimore, Maryland



Dirty Mexican Bugs

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: These bugs are little mexicans. Basically they pack like hundreds in your head…like told earlier from a Jon from NY. These critters bends over like the best of them. I have seen about 7 at a time in this kids head while he was swinging on a outdoor mansled. I was much amazed that I actually had to join them. Good Luck and Enjoy the rendezvous! — HackleBerry Joe, Africa



Those crazy bastards

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am 20. I remember those little buggers flying around and mating like machines. I was 3 at the time, and one of those hot little momma cicadas fly into my hair, and then the strapping young lad-cada pranced on over, and they began mating like fiends. I am terrified every day, waiting with no hope of stopping the horrific hatchery that will occur on my head for their glorious return. Remember kiddies, those things mate like a wildebeast and a rhino on a thursday, don’t be the next to allow them to mate on your head!!!———————————-The life of a cicada:
1) Hatch
2) Mate
3) Eat
4) Mate
5) Shed Shell
6) Mate
7) Die (while mating) — Jon, NY



AAAHHHHH!!!!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I am completely terrified of bugs…. Any and Every type of insect especially ones that Fly!!! I am 21 years old and spent my life in Northern Pennsylvania. I don’t remember anything like this and my parents do not recall any type of insect of this sort. I really dont know how I am going to deal with these THINGS!!!!!!!!! What am I going to do? Staying inside for a month is starting to sound like a good option!!! — Mandie, Maryland



It’s about time!

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: I have been looking forward to this for a long time. Each summer for years I have said, “Isn’t it about time for the 17 year cicadas again?”. It is finally here and I am so excited to be able to share it with my two children. — Dona, Bethesda, Maryland



Re: I AM SCARED

Date: Thursday, Apr/15/2004

Message: Erica,
If you are really that scared of the bugs maybe you can take a few weeks vacation at the end of May & stay inside to miss the onslaught or if your work has a third shift you could temporarily change shifts to miss all the buzz so to speak. But why would anybody want to miss the invasion? Cicadas are great!
— Roy T., Batavia, OH



I AM SCARED

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I am from Niagara Falls, NY and we just dont have these bugs ! I am terribly frightened and afraid.. i know i will either get into a terrible car accident or lose my job because i cannot leave the house! i am serious. someone please help me. what can i do? will they fly into my car as i put my baby in her car seat? help! — Erica, Baltimore



TO KENDRA

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Kendra…scroll down in these messages and find the one where I put those links to Cicada research. It will give you all the info you need. I have never heard of them flying in peoples hair, and I don’t think they get in your house. When they come up out of the ground, the climb the first vertical thing they see, and after that, they usually stick to the trees. The males die right after mating and the female is only set on laying her eggs in the branches of the trees. They DO NOT bite, so you shouldn’t be scared of them.
Hope this helps.
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



do they fly in your hair

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: I heard that cicada’s fly in your hair, and that when you are walking you are going to step on them. I am 17 and I have never seen these bugs before. I am a little scared because I don’t know what to expect and I don’t like bugs.I would also like to know if they get in your house. — kendra, upper marlboro MD



AH!!! AH!! AH!!

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: AH!!! AH!!! AH!!!!!!!! — rini, phila pa



Cicada Research

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Here is a helpful website. Cicadas due to emerge May 17th, go away end of June. Go here and get all the info you need.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/03/0329_040329_cicadas.html
and here is the map of where they are expected to emerge.
http://aolsvc.aol.com/research/cicada/cicada_map.htm
Enjoy them, they won’t be around too long. And their music is kinda romantic for picnics under the stars πŸ™‚
~Nikki~ — Nikki, SW Ohio



Yet another wedding…

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: Hi. Our outdoor wedding is planned for May 16th in Wheaton, MD. Any helpful tips????? — Jessica Feierman, Wheaton, Maryland



Distraction

Date: Wednesday, Apr/14/2004

Message: What are you stitching and toxic mold people doing on a cicada site? Or… are you really periodical cicadas trying to distract people so you don’t get CICADANATED? — Droopy, Brush Creek Township



Gallery of finished cross stitch & needlepointing pieces

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great stitching service on http://www.xstitched.com . They have really big gallery of finished pieces.
Have a look… — Slavica, Los Angeles, CA, USA



Fungi / mold pictures

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: I found great toxic mold pictures on http://www.moldremoval.com . I had something similar in my house… Jenny — Jenny, La Crescenta, CA, USA



Re: Coming to an area near me??

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Teresa,
Yes, it looks like from the map that you will see an emergece this year down in Lexington. Ask some neighbors that lived in the area back in ’87 how heavy the emergence was. That is the best way to know for sure.Thx,
Roy — Roy T, Batavia, OH



RE: Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Tuesday, Apr/13/2004

Message: Rebecca,
From the Brood X map it looks like you are on the southern fringe of the emergence & you will probably miss the emergence by a week or two if the wedding is on May 8th. Your best bet is to ask locals that lived in the area in 1987. They could tell you how heavy the emergence was at the time.Hope this helps,
Roy T. — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Replies / Question

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I remember 17 years ago in the Baltimore area. It wasn’t unbearable. They were certainly everywhere but unless you were in the woods, you could avoid them. I also went to Ocean City that summer. Cicadas were no where to be found on the beach. (not enough trees and too much sand) However, does anyone know when they are expected to emerge? I have an outdoor party planned for May 1st (and now that I am an adult), I own a house with a few trees in the yard and I am trying to decide if I should just plan the thing for indoors….. — Stacey, Bel Air, MD (north of Baltimore)



brood X on Eastern Shore, md

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: does anyone out there live in
Dorchester County, on the eastern
shore of Maryland? and if so, will
Brood X be visiting you the same as
the rest of Maryland? I’ve heard it’s
less concentrated on the shore.
thanks — cheryl, hoopers island, Md



Early Risers

Date: Monday, Apr/12/2004

Message: I saw two cicadas Saturday in my backyard. Newly out of the ground. It would have to be my yard they came up in first. In the billions, here they come! — Nikki, Hamilton, Ohio



Terrified California Girl

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: I am leaving town as soon as they hit; as ridiculous as it sounds this seems like the only alternative for someone who has an extreme phobia of all insects. Back to California I go. Would anyone like to charter a cicada flight? — Laura, Baltimore, MD



Coming to an area near me??

Date: Sunday, Apr/11/2004

Message: Hi all! (guess it should be y’all now) I was a sophomore at Withrow when the last invasion occurred in the Tri-state. After leaving Cinci for our military, I had long forgotten about these flying nuisances. This site lists Kentucky as being one of the invasion areas this year. Was the Lexington area invaded as well in 1987? Bugs don’t bother me too much, but these buzzing things get annoying! I seem to recall tons of female students screaming at the sight of them, that was hilarious to watch!
Just wondered if they’ll invade our area. Thanks in advance!
— Teresa, Lexington, Ky



HELP !!!

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: 17 YEARS AGO WHEN THESE CREATURES INVADED I WAS PREGNANT WITH MY 1ST SON. HOW I SURVIVED, NOT A CLUE . 17 YEARS & 3 SONS LATER, I AM FREAKING OUT ABOUT THESE CREATURES REVISITING ! — THERESA, HUNT VALLEY, MD



Wedding planned for AshLawn in Charlottesville May 8

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Can you tell me if Charlottesville is
in one of the main areas where we will
have a lot of cicadas and are we early
enough in May to miss them? Respond to JLFleck [AT] erols.com — Rebecca Fleck, Charlottesville Virginia



Deb, please get your facts straight…

Date: Saturday, Apr/10/2004

Message: Deb, the Eastern Cicada Killer is a native species and was not introduced 17 years ago from Aisa. Its main food is the large annual cicada species that come out every year, not periodical cicadas. I couldn’t find any reference to 2700 people being killed by Cicada Killers. I believe you may be thinking of the introduced European Hornet which has nothing to do with cicadas. — John Z, Maryland



Fundraising in Columbia MD despite Brood X

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Brian, I understand periodical cicadas only drown out Republicans. As long as your fundraiser isn’t Republican you’re safe. Everybody: the paper I write for is having a cicada recipe contest. Got any good ones? Can you point me to any good sites?Al — Al McKegg, West Friendship



You think the cicada’s are bad?

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: Beware, though..17 years ago, an insect called the cicada killer (a large wasplike insect)was imported from Asia to deal with the infestation. When the cicada food supply triggered the mating cycle of the cicada killer, the “fix” grossly outweighed the problem. 2700 people were painfully killed by the cicada killer’s venom. — Deb Eichenberger, Harrisburg



Cicada infestation

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I’ve lived through this before. It is the most horrible experience you will ever live through. If anyone offers you any method to lessen the impact…take it. You have been warned. — TB, Pennsylvania



Cicada Shirt

Date: Friday, Apr/9/2004

Message: I found the site and bought a shirt as well.. are the cities on the other shirt going to get hit bad? — Erin, Indiana



Cicada’s in Ocean City

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: I am planning a trip to Ocean City Memorial Day weekend. Does anyone know how bad they are out there? and if they gravitate to water? I would appreciate the feedback. — Simone, Baltimore, Maryland



Yuck

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: The last time these insects were here,I was waiting for a bus on Harrison Avenue in Westwood, and one of the darned things flew up at me and got stuck between my eyes and my glasses. I was standing on the street totally freaking out, trying to get the thing off me and people were looking at me like I was nuts (probably a valid assumption). I’m 17 years older and wiser now but I am NOT looking forward to another Cicada invasion. Thankfully I no longer have to wait for a bus! πŸ™‚ — Liz, St. Bernard, Ohio



Pinkie

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: To answer your question, yes. Hope I’ve been helpful. — Rachelle, Flatland, OH



Re: Brood X in westchester?

Date: Thursday, Apr/8/2004

Message: Jasper,
According to the brood map you live just north of the northern fringe of the Broox X emergence in the eastern coastal states. You may want to ask neighbors who have lived in your area for more than 17 years if they remember seeing any in 1987. hope this helps,
Roy T — Roy T, Batavia, OH



cicada cuisine

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: Dear Chrystal Moonshine and others:
I’m a Washington Post reporter looking for recipes and any and all tales of cicada consumption. Pls email me at cicadawatch [AT] yahoo.com and bon appetit!
— Cameron Barr, Washington, DC



CICADA GEAR

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I just bought a shirt from WWW.CINCYCICADA.COM it is so funny. Check them out. The one I got reads..” CICADA Your Low Carb Alternative”
Many laughs from that one… — Bill, Ohio



Brood X in westchester?

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: I was just wondering if this year’s 2004 brood x will be emerging in or around rye or westchester? Does anybody know a good place to see them? — Jasper, rye,ny



NETTING to stop Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Apr/7/2004

Message: try the netting from this company! It really works! (Also has bird repellent products).http://birdbgone.com/ultranet.htm — Anette, United States of America



Fear Not Billy!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: Cicadas are the salt of the earth. If it helps I have a couple good recipes. Don’t fear the reaper!! — Chrystal Moonshine, Haverford, North Carolina



I’m too young to die!!

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: I was hardly born when the last attack occured, but I do remember waking up with bugs everywhere. My parents were from New York and we slept with all the windows open. Needless to say I now understand the term “bed bugs.” I’m terrified to leave my house out of fear that they’ll rise early. I know it’s only April, but I’m already wearing my bee keeper suit everywhere. Forget about going swimming because those two-inchers will devour us all. I’m paralyzed with fear…I’m too young to die!!!! — Billy Hughes, Bel Air, Maryland



CICADA GEAR

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: GET YOUR CICADA GEAR ONLINE [AT] www.cincycicada.com
DON’T WAIT ANOTHER 17 YEARS GET YOUR GEAR NOW!!!!! — Dave, CINCINNATI, Ohio



To Rhodri Overseas

Date: Tuesday, Apr/6/2004

Message: So you were in my class, huh? And who might you be? I can’t imagine anyone would want to make a special trip from “overseas” just to see “C-Cader” (husband’s new nickname for the wretched creatures)wreak havoc on the city. To each his own, I guess. If you happen to have a change of heart (about traveling), I’m sure my husband would be happy to ship you a few; God knows I won’t be going to the post office! I can’t promise the lil’ suckers will still be buzzing, but they will be anatomically intact. Just a thought. — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



Don’t worry Suzie, Loveland will have a “light” outbreak!

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: This message is for Suzie. I lived in Loveland for 28 years & I remember we had a light outbreak in 1987. I expect this year will be about the same. Really nothing to worry about. Anywhere WEST of Interstate 75 is where the heavier emergence will be located. I feel sorry for any bikers traveling on the roads during the last week of May till the second week of June. lol — Roy T, Batavia, OH



Brood X Cicada

Date: Monday, Apr/5/2004

Message: Does anyone know if this awful 17 year Group of Cicadas will be seen in Paymyra, Virginia. It’s a town about 50 miles west of Richmond Virgina. I’m new to the area.ThanksDenise — Denise, Palmyra, Virginia



Cicada happenings

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: I am an editor at a travel magazine, and am working on a piece about cicada events this summer, when the bugs are expected to storm the East Coast. Please e-mail me if you know of any festivals that will, at least, have cicada-related activities, food, etc. My address is hmorgan [AT] ngs.com. Many thanks. — Heather, Washington, DC



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Apr/4/2004

Message: Can anyone tell me how boad it was here 17 years ago?? Willl they swarm only between May and June or do we have the swarming all summer??
I don’t know these critters, I am from germany. — cornelia heckenbach, St.Michaels Maryland,Eastern Shore



HELP! New to Loveland Ohio

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I am new to Ohio and somewhat of a bug phobe…. I am freaking about this cicada invasion… how do you know if they are to be in your exact area????? I have been told that the Hot Spot is west of 71, but I am sure that they can come East of 71 too… HELP! — Suzie, Loveland Ohio



netting

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: anyone know where I can buy some 1/4″ nylon netting to cover up some of my trees? — daryl, blanchester, oh



What’s in store…

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: I live in Oxford OH and work in Hamilton OH…Not sure what to expect…I know Cincinnati is a target for mass quantity but was curious how being a little north/west would be effected….Anyone know??? — Excitable, Butler County OH



Will Cicadas Be A Large Problem for Fundraising Run on June 13th in Maryland?

Date: Saturday, Apr/3/2004

Message: We have been organizing a 5K run/walk fundraiser for June 13, 2004 in Maryland. I never considered the Cicadas. Ofcourse we are having in a dense park around a lake. I am hoping from I read that by June 13th it should be winding down. Is this correct? To boot, we are planning a huge picnic in this park to follow the event. — Brian, Columbia, Maryland, USA



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



BEEKEEPER OUTFITS

Date: Friday, Apr/2/2004

Message: I WOULD LIKE TO GET A BEEKEEPER OUTFIT, ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN PURCHASE ONE. — ANGIE, CINCINNATI, OHIO



Cicada coming out to play

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: This cicadamania site rules! also check me out at www.cicada2004.com soon!! — Joe the Cicada, midwest



favorite

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: About a dozen years ago I was visiting a friend in San Antonio, who is in the moving business. It was break time so the labor crew of Vietnamese came around under the shade of some Arizona Ash trees. Cicadas were thick in the trees. The noise was so loud it was hard to talk. The Vietnamese slipped off their sandals scampered up the trees and caught dozens of cicadas. Then they ate them. I guess they are the cream filled crunchy kind. — Don Ainsworth, Houston, TX



Toads that sound like Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: At least two speices of toads sound similar to the “Decim” species of periodical cicada. The American Toad that sings in early spring (now in mid latitudes) sounds like Decim when there are large concentrations in the distance. The Fowler’s Toad that sings in late spring sounds like individual Decim up closer. Main difference is the toads don’t have a drop in pitch at the end of a call the way the cicadas do.
— Eric, Missouri



Relatives

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: I have been living in PG County for 35 years. Get ready people. If you don’t like bugs this is not the place for you. These beatles are known to be enduring. While they don’t live long they definitely leave an everlasting impression. Once you here their mating call you will never forget it. Swarmmming is not uncommon during their presence. Many people have been known to shout “Help” — John Secada, PG County



upcoming invasion in cinti

Date: Thursday, Apr/1/2004

Message: Seventeen years ago I resided in the Queen City and I remember them being pretty thick while attending the Taste which runs Memorial Day weekend. Anyone remember “Snappy Cicada Pizza”?
A buddy of mine who lives there said the latest projected peak is around May 17-20.
— joebob59, S.E. PA


April 27, 2004

Cicada News for 4/27/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:23 pm

The Washington Post’s Express is available online as a PDF Dowload it and read Helen Fields’ "Cicada Survival Guide".

Some people just couldn’t wait to meet the cicadas of Brood Xβ€”even if it meant traveling hundreds of miles.

Baltimore Sun heading: Ick! ‘Looks Like A Bumper Crop (thx Roy).

With uncanny mathematical precision, and with sex on their minds, millions of red-eyed cicadas that last saw daylight in 1987 are poised just beneath the Maryland soil, raring to wriggle out, raise hell, make love and die, carpeting the ground with rotting carcasses.

TerraDaily: After a 17 Year Wait, Milllions of Locust-like Insects To Swarm Parts Of The… (thx Roy).

Locust-like insects called cicadas will make their appearance soon in biblical proportions across large swathes of the United States for about three weeks — only to vanish and re-appear again.

April 15, 2004

Cicada Mania Interviews

Filed under: Brood X | Cicada Mania | Magicicada | News — Dan @ 6:48 pm

CNN’s Anderson Cooper interviewed me on the 5/14/2004 episode of 360. Also on 5/14 I participated in a round table discussion of cicadas on Ira Flatow NPR’s Science Friday. Patrick Jenkins of the Newark Star Ledger interviewed us for the 5/13 edition of that paper.

The transcript of my interview on Anderson Cooper’s 360. BTW, the camera adds 20 pounds of fat and 40 pounds of ugly.

April 7, 2004

Cicada News for 4/7/2004

Filed under: Brood X | Magicicada | News | Periodical — Dan @ 5:07 pm

New York Times: After 17 Years, They’re Back, and in the Mood for Love

TERRIFYING creatures from a lost age strike from the depths of the earth!

In 1956, those words were used to describe ”The Mole People,” a sci-fi horror film about an ill-fated encounter with a subterranean civilization. But they might apply just as well today to a production coming soon to lawns across the Eastern United States: the invasion of Brood X.

March 31, 2004

Cicada Comments from March 2004

Filed under: Brood X | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:14 am

for PG Residents

Date: Wednesday, Mar/31/2004

Message: I hate bugs. The cicada thing was AWFUL in DC. One got down my back and I almost pulled my blouse off on downtown K Street!However, in PG County, where I lived, they did not seem to be that bad. I don’t recall any getting in apartment or being particularly afraid outside. — bughater, Temple Hills, MD



Bee Keeper Outfit (Plastic)

Date: Wednesday, Mar/31/2004

Message: Where can you purchase Bee Keeper Outfits — Vannett, Cincinnati, Ohio



Periodical Cicada Broods

Date: Tuesday, Mar/30/2004

Message: We’ve got cicadas here every year (in fact this year they lasted through the mild winter we had).Does anyone know if the Houston area experiences a large scale cicada brood hatch? If so, what is the period (13 years, 17 years) and when is the next brood expected?Thanks! — Chuck, Richmond, TX (near Houston) U.S.A.



Cicada Facts

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Facts: The 17-year cicadas will emerge this year with their ugly red eyes. The adults live 2 to 6 weeks and are very clumsy flyers. So if one happens to land on you or fly into you it can’t help it.
The male cicada will be the only one singing it’s mating call for the females are totally silent.
Cicadas do not eat leaves, fruits, or vegatables. However what the adults do eat (or rather drink)is the juices inside of the branches of trees, etc… The females saw their way (using the back of their abdomen)into twigs and branches of trees and lay rows of eggs usually around 400. They lay the eggs in a line which will look like a slit of about 2 to 3 inches long on the branch. At about the time the males stop singing the egg infested twigs/branches will have died and fallen to the ground or the branch will just die. Then the eggs hatch and the cicada nymphs(babies) dig themselves into the ground where they live off of the tree’s root juices for the next 17 years and then it happens all over again. The nymphs do not cause any significant damage to the roots. It’s only when they emerge that the destruction is done.
Neverthelesss I hate these bugs, I can sympathize with Lisa from Kentucky for 17 years ago (when I was about thirteen) I was walking for the March of Dimes and a boy stuck one of these male monsters into my hair. While “rachelling” ( the term used to officially describe the noise these bugs make) it tried to fly out with no success. After screaming my lungs out someone finally took mercy on me and removed the insect from my then tangled hair. Later, I felt sort of sorry for the bugs when I saw the same boy catching them then pulling off their wings. — JD, Maryland



Noises

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: My ex wife made funny noises and her name was Rachel.Does that mean she was rachelling ? — Daryl, logan county



Pools

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Rick: cicada have no interest in water, but they may fall into your pool if there are trees growing above it. You should be able to take care of the issue with a pool skimmer net, and a good sense of humor. — Dan, Jersey



Should I delay opening my swimming pool?

Date: Monday, Mar/29/2004

Message: Do they gravitate to water? I’d imagine that they end up there whether they intend to or not! — Rick, Ellicott City



Location, Location

Date: Saturday, Mar/27/2004

Message: Does anyone in Indy remember the X brood here??? I am curious as to where I may take my kids to see and hear this historic event. Thanks for any info, Kim. — Kim, Indianapolis IN



Yuck

Date: Saturday, Mar/27/2004

Message: I work outside and i am really not looking forward to this. Any ideas for some sort of cicada suit or something to wear that is lightweight and breathable? I cant stand the thought of them sticking to me while i am watering or unloading trucks….yuck — B, Cincinnati



Nasty little creatures

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: Last year I spotted one or two of what appeared to be these nasty creatures. I figured it was a premature sign of things to come. How long will it last? I don’t plan to leave my house until they’re all gone!!!! — Margie, Baltimore



Help for Those Who are Afraid

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: When I moved to the Washington area 17 years ago and saw the cicadas, I was lucky to have been living in Lorton, VA, where there weren’t as many flying around as compared to the District. But I SWORE I that would rather find another job (or some out-of-town assigment) than to get caught in the middle of the next infestation. But alias, I am still here, 17 years older (middle-aged), now married (so I can’t leave), unable to run as fast as I used to, and only 15 mintues from DC, and therefore, much closer to the ‘zone.’ I’m in a lot of trouble: if I don’t get myself killed trying to run from them (or wreak my car should one be inside), I will most likely develop vascular problems from weeks of constant stress and anxiety. I can only ask that those who are not frightened of them, please have some passion and understanding for those who do. It is an irrational fear, but a fear nevertheless (ususally brought on by an emotional event or trauma.) (Everyone has fears; this one is just more difficult to hide.) I’ve worked on my problem for years (including therapy 22 years ago), so I haven’t been just complaining or feeling sorry for myself. Progress has been quite slow, but steady. (I can now garden but still have a generalized fear of large flying, mostly stinging insects.) I think that reading and learning about their habits will help in some small way, but not enough, I’m afraid, to deal with what’s to come because there will be so many of them. If there is anyone out there willing to share how they’ve resolved their phobia (short of flooding), please do so. You will be helping a lot of folks, including those too afraid to speak up. I also have a couple of questions about the habits of cacidas: Do they fly around in the dark, and do they favor any particular flowering or vegetable plant? (I may decide to skip the gardening this year.) Thanks. — Chay, Prince Georges County ,MD



1998 cicadas in Tennessee

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: Dick – Yes and no — the ones in Tennessee in 1998 were the 13-year species (Brood XIX). Also, this year’s brood will mostly appear in different locations in Tennessee, not the same places as in 1998. — Dave Marshall, Storrs, Connecticut



sound

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: The scientific sound of the cicada is termed “Rachelling”. — Buzz, Cin



name of circadia’s sound

Date: Thursday, Mar/25/2004

Message: does anyone know the scientific term applied to the sound the circadia makes? — dennis, poughkeepsie ,ny



Say It Ain’t So

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: guess what sucks? I have no a/c in my car. so not only will those gross, retarded bugs be flying into me, I also will be sweating to death in my car on the way to work. I hate bugs, and they hate me. I was six the last time they were here in abundance, and can’t remember how bad they actually were. I’m in denial right now, and pray every day they won’t rise from the ground. I’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to be in a sci-fi movie, though. I’m so lucky. — Julie, Cincinnati



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: Is it possible that we saw the same bugs in Tenn. in 1998? — Dick, Grand Rapids, Mi.



Flight

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: How far do cicadas fly? — Laura, Fremont, Michigan



Those Creepy Critters

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: I am terribly afraid of all insects. Please make them go away. — Cynthia B, Prince George County -Forestville



Wouldn’t want to miss it

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: Am thinking of planning a trip home to coincide with the Cicadas in Cincinnati this summer. Has anyone nailed down the exact dates that they are supposed to start and peak?By the way, responding to Lisa (previous message), I’m thinking you are probably class of ’88, Highlands? Me too. I’ve got some bad memories as well, particularly from my lawn-mowing summer job (the engine noise really got them interested), but I just couldn’t bear to miss the spectacle. Especially when I think about how old I’ll be next time… — Rhodri, overseas



Terrified of Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/24/2004

Message: I’m 34 years old and I’m embarrassed to say … I’m terrified of Cicadas. While I am somewhat of a bug-phobe, it’s never forced me to stay indoors. I am, however, planning on converting to hermit status mid-May to late June. Don’t know how I’m going to do it, just that I am. Many of you are probably wondering what caused this fear, so let me share. I was 17 years old and taking driver’s ed at my high school. It just happened to be my turn to drive – with 4 other classmates and a teacher, mind you – when, all of a sudden, Larry Riley stuck two cicadas in my long hair. As I was driving, one of the little suckers crawled into my ear opening and screamed. Needless to say, I swerved the car and nearly killed everyone aboard. I recall throwing the car into park, jumping out of the car and running, running, running … as far and as fast as I could. I’m happy to report that Larry Riley got detention that day! I, on the other hand, have never recovered, as you can see. I’m considering buying a bee keeper’s suit for those times when I absolutely have to show my face to the world. Fortunately, I’m laid off right now! Any suggestions? My husband and I live in a condominium overlooking Cincinnati with woods all around us. They’re going to be everywhere – and I mean everywhere! — Lisa, Ft. Thomas, KY



opening swimming pools

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: when would it be a good time to open the swimming pool. should we wait until mid June? — mike, cincinnati



Protection from Cicada

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: I have planted small pines and some birch trees in the last week. Should I spray these trees. What can I do to protect them. — Barb, Nashville TN



broods

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: What is a brood and how many broods are there? — Cait, U.S.



How will gardens weather?

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: will they eat our tomatoe plants,squash
greenbeans,onions,lettuce you get the idea. Does anybody know Thanks- Christy — Christy, Springfield, Virginia



My tree not there anymore..

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: What happens if I had my huge maple tree in my front yard cut down that was there 17 years ago????? — Marsha, Kentucky



Yes, you can work outside

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: No matter how big the cicada event, anyone should be able to work (or do anything else) outside.The biggest danger is if you’re on a ladder or roof and a cicada suddenly gives a distress screech near you. This is quite startling and it’s possible to fall off if you recoil in fright at the sudden noise and sight. Be prepared not to be surprised by sudden distressed cicadas.There’s also the slight surprise of an occasional cicada crawling on you. This shouldn’t be a problem to anyone who doesn’t have a huge phobia of insects.
— Eric, Missouri



To Christy in Maryland

Date: Tuesday, Mar/23/2004

Message: Christy, if the 17-year cicada emergence is a “once in a life time thing”, and you were 6 years old last time, guess what? You are going to die, “cause you had your “once”. — Sky, Mason



Bugs is good to feast on..i reckon

Date: Monday, Mar/22/2004

Message: I eated many a bug in ma life. But the cicadda is da best to chew and chew ,,oh yea i had tummy ache 2 days oh yea, I reckin all da bugs is good though kentucky lost yeserday to UAB — Troy Vespie, Amelia Ohio



Can i work outside

Date: Monday, Mar/22/2004

Message: Can anyone tell me please is it going to be possible to work on the constraction and to do framing job in May or June. — Sergei, Cincinnati, Ohio



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Mar/21/2004

Message: In my last messege I had some typos and or misspelled words. I actuallt ment to say, to make it clear as these cicadas do not bite or sting. I hope you all don’t get to confused by may last messege and read this one instead. — Christy, Maryland



I Can’t wait till these once in a life time flying noisy bugs arrive

Date: Sunday, Mar/21/2004

Message: Hey everyone, I came to this website before, because I was looking for cicadia sounds on the internet. I came accrose this site instead. Well bottom line is I was 6years old when they came out of the groud flying and buzzing about. I remember it well. I was over my grandparaents house when i had just got back from visiting Ghettesburg. I look forward to seeing thse bugs as it is once in a life time thing. Thse bugs to not sting now bite. They will cause a horrible time with yard plants. However as for myself I’am not a bug type person as I don’t like bees, spiders, or creepy crawley things. Well this is all for me. Just wanted to leave my mark. — Christy, Maryland



Magicicada’s

Date: Friday, Mar/19/2004

Message: Hi, i see your expecting a mass emergence of Magicicada’s. I was hoping that someone there may be able to collect me some and send them on to me here in New Zealand. Or if someone is keen to swap your American species for our New Zealand species.
you can message me at nzcicada [AT] hotmail.com — Kees Green, Auckland, New Zealand



For goodness sakes

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: Mia,Do not let anyone play to your fears (or their pocketbooks) . The cicada is a harmless insect. They may cause some minor tree or bush damage, but basically they are just out to reproduce. They do not attack in a sworm, nor do they go out of the way to attack anyone. These neat bugs can be an inconveniece because they are terrible flyers and may bump into you, however, they mean no harm and do not bite…. I hope I have helped…
— Klamarr2, Indy, Indiana



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A58972-2004Mar14.html

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message:

washingtonpost.com > Metro > Virginia

Metro
In Brief
Monday, March 15, 2004; Page B03
THE REGION Infestation of Brood X Cicadas Forecast Millions of cicadas are expected to infest the nation’s capital and parts of Maryland and Virginia this spring. Periodical cicadas, who’ve been underground for 17 years, will tunnel out of the ground, fling their winged bodies through the air and sound off day and night. Bug experts say their coming will be of biblical proportions.

Some cicadas emerge annually in the eastern United States. Others come out every two to 13 years. But this variety, known as Brood X, invades every 17 years. The last time they covered the Washington area was in 1987, when remnants of cicadas covered roadways and sidewalks. Residents pulled them out of their hair. And the bugs drove some outdoor events, such as weddings and graduations, inside. When exactly they emerge will depend on the weather. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History is planning a cicada exhibit in May, complete with sounds and live specimens.

Γ―ΒΏΒ½ 2004 The Washington Post Company
— Rusty Kochka, Arlington, Virginia



Temperature

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: Thanks Eric for the formula. I remember now that “my” formula was something like T = x(n-y)+ z, where x, y and z were some arbitrary constants. The resulting temperature T was in Centigrade. Maybe that explains the structural difference in the formulae. — Ajit, Knoxville, TN



Help!

Date: Thursday, Mar/18/2004

Message: My son is very afraid of flying insects. He would run out in front of a speeding car before he let one get close to him. I have been trying to find some kind of repellent or something for him since he has to walk to school. I don’t think the school will allow me to home school him for 6 weeks. Any suggestions will be appreciated. — Lear, Cincinnati,OH



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I live in prince george county MD.DO cicadas stick to you threw your clothing,about how big will they be and do they sworm you? — mia, prince george countyMD



cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I live in prince george county MD.DO cicadas stick to you threw your clothing,about how big will they be and do they sworm you? — mia, prince george countyMD



May 22nd, wedding

Date: Wednesday, Mar/17/2004

Message: I am getting married on May 22nd, 2004, which is in 10 weeks, Its planned as an outdoor wedding. How bad will the cicadas be, is it wirth it to change the wedding. I read in the paper that Williamson and Davidson Counties, which is where the wedding will be will not get hit as hard as others in Tennessee. How does that work? ANy answered questions will really help me and my angered/frustrated fiancee. Thanks
Greg — Greg, Nashville, TN, Williamson County



Bob from London, England

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Hey, I was looking up info on the England cicada on the web and came accross this posting (below). If “Bob” is still out there could you please tell me where you heard/saw these cicadas? Was it in England, or were you overseas? My email is cicada900 [AT] yahoo.com.au
Thanks…Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002
Message: i saw all these cicadas and they f***ing rule!!! tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss tssss they went! YO! — Bob, England, London — Kathy Hill, Willimantic, CT



say it aint so

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: This isn’t really happening — right? Say it ain’t so… I don’t do bugs… — not liking life, Silver Spring, MD



To Christy Eicher

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message:
Christy, I personally would not plan a wedding outdoors at that time. However, I’d suggest contacting them, and find out if there was someone that was there 17 years ago. If so, maybe they will be able to tell you if that area had much infestation.Good luck and congrats! Jules
— Jules, Louisville, KY



say it aint so

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: This isn’t really happening — right? Say it ain’t so… I don’t do bugs… — not liking life, Silver Spring, MD



To Christy Eicher

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message:
Christy, I personally would not plan a wedding outdoors at that time. However, I’d suggest contacting them, and find out if there was someone that was there 17 years ago. If so, maybe they will be able to tell you if that area had much infestation.Good luck and congrats! Jules
— Jules, Louisville, KY



Swimming Pools?

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: A few of us over at www.poolforum.com were wondering if the Cicada will have any effect on our pools?If they are gone by mid-June, should we leave our pools covered and wait until after they are gone to open the pool for the season?Thanks for any info you can give! Jules — Jules, Louisville, KY



New to cicadas!

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Does anyone know if the cicadas will be bad in the Stafford/Fredericksburg area? We just moved here and bought our home! (of course!) WHat do we need to do to protect our property, landscaping, etc.? I’m a bit nervous about this outbreak. — Jennifer, Stafford, VA



Noisiest Insect

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: While looking up the temperature formula, saw the next question: what is considered the noisiest insect? “The Cicadas are usually considered the noisiest, but it has been said that the European Cricket (Brachytrypes megacephalus) is louder still and that its note can be heard a mile away”.I’ve been around periodical cicadas and cannot imagine anything louder. The Cassini are almost deafening, and they synchronize their calls to make themselves even louder. The Decim “Martian” call, when in large concentrations, must be audible for at least a mile.
— Eric, Missouri



Formula for Temperature

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: The Katydid formula seems to work, though it suggests they don’t sing below 53 degrees, and I believe I’ve heard them on colder evenings (their call is _really_ slow when it’s cold). In my area the Katydids usually start in early July, when it’s usually so hot, the chirps are too fast to count!As to Cicadas, there’s such a variety of calls, one might need a different formula for each species.
From _1001 Questions Answered About Insects_:Count the number of chirps in a minute, represented by the letter “n” below.For the Katydid (Cryptophyllus perspicalis):T = 60 + ((n-19) / 3)For the Snowy Tree Cricket (Oecanthus niveus):T = 50 + ((n-40) / 2)T is the temperature in Farenheit.
— Eric, Missouri



Anyone know how bad this can get????

Date: Tuesday, Mar/16/2004

Message: Anyone know how bad this can get in Baltimore, MD I am moving [AT] the end of May and this is the first time I will ever experience any thing like this…. Please shed some light on this! Thank You! — R, Baltimore,MD



Tennessee

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Anyone know the likely timing for the emergence in Tenn? I had planned to go camping there the last week in April & they just aren’t my favorite camping companions. Plus we don’t want to move them around on our truck – the old invasive species thing. — Meg, Ellicott City MD



Will they ruin my wedding (at Farnsley Moreman Landing, Louisville, KY)?

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Anyone know if the Cicadas are likely to be in Louisville, KY? More specifically, at Farnsley-Moreman Landing…10 mins southwest of Louisville, on the waterfront? I’m getting married there June 5th. — Christy Eicher, Louisville, KY



Cicadas and ambient temperature

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: To Eric in Missouri,
So what is the mathematical formula for the katydids anyway? It might just jog my memory. Have you ever tried it for Cicadas? — Ajit, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA



reply

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: Message: a PROMINANT WEBSITE STATES THAT CICADA WILL NOT DAMAGE TREES OR PLANTS. IS THIS TRUE? IF NOT, WHAT PROTECTION SHOULD i PROVIDE IN mARYLAND? SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL AFTER TO PLANT NEW SHRUBS? ALICE — ALICE, ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND2/4ths of an inch is the distance you have to move your finger to the caps lock key! — mirek, chicago il



Stop The Cicada!

Date: Monday, Mar/15/2004

Message: We Must Put A Stop to the Cicada!!!! on 5 – 1 – 04 we will all Get Together A Build A giant Flame Thrower. Kill Them All!! Before They can start to take over the world.when They begin to come out the ground thats when we start — Ed, Baltimore County, MD



Are they coming here this year

Date: Sunday, Mar/14/2004

Message: I need to know if the bugs are coming here this year.Please let me know. — Dawn, Charleroi Pa.



Motorcycle Downtime

Date: Sunday, Mar/14/2004

Message: Has anyone ever hit a cicada doing 45-50 miles per hour? It sucks. Feels like a big rock thrown up by a truck in front of you…..smmaaack. I don’t have a windshield, and I’m just bummed because I won’t be able to ride from the middle of April to the middle of May without worrying about knocking one of my eyes out when they hit my sunglasses and implode the lenses. Splaaat!! — Michelle D., Cincinnati, OH



When did the cicadas swarm in the 1950-1960’s?

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: I’m trying to remember how old I was when cicadas swarmed here in southern Virginia, and my evil older cousins made me stand still while they “hooked” the shells all over me! I was born in 1954 and I figure it was sometime in the late 50’s or early 60’s. Anybody know? (thanks!) — Katie, Henry County, VA



Several things about Cicadas

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: The host of a radio garden show made ignorant remarks today about Cicadas. He claimed 2004 has a convergence of 17 and 13 year classes, that they’d emerge around Quincy, IL (a small green patch on the UM page), and that they damage trees. A guest politely explained that trees have strong immune systems and the best way to handle Cicadas is to let Nature take its course, and that their holes are beneficial, aerating the ground.I’m probably going to south central Indiana the second weekend of June in search of cicadas. Anyone who hears them in that part of the country, please post when you hear them.I have an insect book that gives the mathematical formula for the temperature based on the frequency of Katydid songs, but not for Cicadas. The book has an amusing poem about Cicadas, obviously written a long time ago before “political correctness” set in:”Happy are the Cicadas’ lives,
For they live with voiceless wives!”
— Eric, SE Missouri



Memories of last emergence

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: I lived in Cincinnati the last time they emerged — we created an exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History all about them. I don’t know what was more amazing — seeing and hearing them everywhere, or watching the insectaphobic people freak out about these harmless creatures. I can still remember walking down Ludlow Ave. with cicadas flying everywhere, landing on people, crunching them underfoot (it was impossible not to). We had to keep the car windows rolled up on the highway in some areas because the sound was so deafening!If you’re freaking out already about the coming emergence, let me reiterate: CICADAS DO NOT BITE OR STING. THEY ARE HARMLESS. PLEASE DO NOT tax our already overloaded environment by trying to SPRAY POISONS to kill them — it’s pointless, there will be too many off them, and you’ll only wind up polluting the streams and rivers (due to runoff) and poisoning songbirds, cats, dogs, and other creatures who will be eating the cicadas. Chill out people! — Roberta Burnes, Lexington, KY



you’ve been fooled

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: there is no such thing as a cicadanotor. i bet it if you find it, it will be a very expensive fly swatter, available by mail order only. some one is trying to make a buck out of this hysteria! i lived in baltimore, in 1970, and lived thru the spring. yes, its unpleasant, but it doesnt last long. just keep your car windows up! — michele, charlotte nc



DAMAGE AND PREVENTION

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: a PROMINANT WEBSITE STATES THAT CICADA WILL NOT DAMAGE TREES OR PLANTS. IS THIS TRUE? IF NOT, WHAT PROTECTION SHOULD i PROVIDE IN mARYLAND? SHOULD I WAIT UNTIL AFTER TO PLANT NEW SHRUBS? ALICE — ALICE, ANNAPOLIS MARYLAND



Rarotongan cicadas??

Date: Saturday, Mar/13/2004

Message: Does anyone no if there are cicadas in Rarotonga, you can message me at nzcicada [AT] hotmail.com — Kees Green, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand



WILL THEY BE IN THE ALEXANDRIA VA

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: JUST WONDERING IF THEY WILL BE IN ALEXANDRIA VA AREA?? — JANINE, ALEXANDRIA VIRGINIA



NJ Cicada Schedule

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: Your Chart Says NJ is 1970, 1987, 2004. I grew up in a town in EssexCounty NJ. I Know we were swarmed in 1978. They were coming in our fireplace like a bad sci-fi movie. !
Is there any steadfast rule to 17 year cycle or are anomilies in schedule normal? — Ralph, Maplewood, NJ



First Cicadas showing up

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: During the last week I have seen two early risers. Not long before they will be everywhere.Interesting note:
You can tell the temperature outside in Texas from the singing of Cicadas.They all sing at one time together when the temperature hits 78 degrees, 86 degrees, 94 degrees, and at 102 degrees. This is fairly consistent. They are loudest at the 78 degree and 94 degree marks. — John, Houston, TX



can’t wait

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: this is going to be cool. cept there has been so much building in Maryland, i bet lots of them will not be able to emerge. — gary, montgomery village maryland



Eaten Alive

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: I was told a story about a man that died in 1987 while mowing his grass during an infestation period. Apparently, these bugs overtook him and while trying to drive his John Deere mower to safety, he inadvertently swallowed about 30 of them. An autopsy performed later showed that the bugs were still alive in his throat cavity and where feeding on the chewing tobacco that he had in his mouth. (true story) — Amber, Georgia



Cicada spotting circa 1963

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: Madison, NJ was the ground zero of a cicada happening. I was a high school kid and when changing classes, had to put coats over our heads to avoid being covered with the 3 inch bugs. And they would die in big piles and smell really bad. they don’t bite, but they get all over you, smell bad and the noise never stops…Run to your home! — Peg, Georgia



Baltimore, Cicadas

Date: Friday, Mar/12/2004

Message: I was in the Baltimore suburbs in 1987 and the cicadas were everywhere. I remember them so vividly because I was just visiting from New York,where we don’t get them. — Tmac, Connecticut



Cicadas Are Comin’!

Date: Thursday, Mar/11/2004

Message: They are suppose to start emerging in May around the 21st and only be around six weeks. So for the Bride worried, I wouldn’t be. πŸ™‚ They are harmless bugs, they stay predominately in trees, and on grass. The West side is supose to be heavily hit. Don’t freak out it’s only six weeks. πŸ™‚ I’m not even native here in Cincinnati, and I can’t wait for them to come up! This is going to be cool!
— Mary, Cincinnati-East Side



Cicadas and ambient temperature

Date: Wednesday, Mar/10/2004

Message: When I was a kid, an Uncle had given me a simple formula for determining the ambient temperature of the moment by counting the number of cicada chirps per minute. The formula was wonderfully accurate, for I used to verify it from the thermometer hanging in the porch. I can’t remember the formula now. Does anyone know of such a thing? — Ajit, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA



HELP HELP HELP!!!

Date: Sunday, Mar/7/2004

Message: I HATE BUGS! OH MY GOSH! THIS IS SO GROSS! HELP ME! HELP ME! HELP ME! — HELP ME!, READING, PA



FISHING

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: I HAVE LIVED IN THE WASHINGTON AREA MY WHOLE LIFE & I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THEM EVER SINCE I WAS A LITTLE KID!!!
I LOVED TO FISH & WOULD LIKE TO TIME MY VACATION THE SAME TIME THEY WILL BE IN MY AREA.SO WHAT TIME,WEEK, MOUTH, WILL THEY BE HERE?????(I WILL CATCH ALL THE STATE RECORDS WITH THIS PERFECT BAIT!) — EMILE DOLEZAL, BETHESDA MARYLAND MO



can cicadas see?

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: Another teacher in my building told her students that cicadas are blind which accounts for them running into everything (and everyONE) in sight. I told the student who asked me about this that I thought they could see….their eyes are surely BIG enough but would search the net for reliable information!
BTW…your site is fantastic!
kinderteacher — Kinderteacher, Cincinnati, OH, USA



Cicada summer?

Date: Saturday, Mar/6/2004

Message: Will someone PLEASE tell me when these cicadas are supposed to take over? This summer? Where specifically? I don’t want them to attack my August wedding reception. Thank you, concerned bride — Lisa, Millersburg, OH



Vineyard

Date: Thursday, Mar/4/2004

Message: How might one deal with them attempting to eat the grapevine leaves? — lynne, darlington, MD, USA



cicadas at the shore

Date: Wednesday, Mar/3/2004

Message: I’m planning a trip to the Maryland Shore(Ocean City) in June. Will cicadas be found there as well?
If so, I may need to cancel. The flies are bad enough! — susie, Maryland



When exactly are the expected

Date: Wednesday, Mar/3/2004

Message: Would really like to know when the cicada’s are expected this summer in Ohio as I am trying to plan a summer outdoor wedding for my daughter. was thinking of either late May or August. Any idea which would be better? — Vickie, Trenton, oh



sounds of cicadas

Date: Tuesday, Mar/2/2004

Message: I”ve only lived here for 2 years.I’ve been hearing awful stories about these animals.I admit I”m scared.I want to know if anyone knows of a sight to hear there sounds.They say were being invaded with 5 billion this year.Help what are these creatures? What purpose do they serve? — stacy parker, kentucky


June 30, 2003

Cicada Comments from June 2003

Filed under: Brood IX | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:55 am

Saw a cicada on the deck today!

Date: Monday, Jun/30/2003

Message: I grew up in Phoenix where cicadas were common summertime occurrences. I well remember the loud drone every hot summer day, coming from our Palo Verde tree shading the driveway. I’ve lived in South Carolina for 16 years, and have never seen or really thought about cicadas here. Until today. I walked out on the deck and saw one. As I stepped closer it flew away. I was amazed. Has anyone else in South Carolina seen any this season? Is it the kind that come out only every 13 or 17 years??? More info, please! — Jean Pennington, Greenville, SC



Periodical Peak in Cincy

Date: Thursday, Jun/26/2003

Message: Tammy, The peak dates for Brood X of the periodical cicadas in Ohio and the Mid-Atlantic states will be from May 20 to June 20 depending on the weather. This will only happen once in 17 years in your location…I would stay home and enjoy and go out west on vacation after they are gone!!!! But that’s me πŸ˜‰ — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



Response to Brandon from Louisiana

Date: Thursday, Jun/26/2003

Message: Brandon, If you can send a picture of the cicada (electronically) or if its dead, send it to me, I will gladly ID it for you. Please contact me at jzcicada [AT] hotmail.com. Thanks. — John Zyla, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



Cicada

Date: Wednesday, Jun/25/2003

Message: My aunt found a really big Cicada in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 7, 2003. A bird had caught it and my aunt rescued it but it died. I can’t find a picture of this exact one anywhere, but it is mostly black with dark orange and green on its head. — Brandon, New Orleans, Louisiana



Rain Cicada picture

Date: Tuesday, Jun/24/2003

Message: Having moved to La Penita in January, I was not familiar with the song of the “rain cicada”. It reminds me of the sound of the penny whistle made of tin that my grandfather gave me as a child.If you are familiar with this cicada, I would appreciate email info and a picture.Thanks,Joseph — Joseph, La Penita, Nayarit, Mexico



Anyone know the peak dates for the 2004 emergence in Cincy?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/24/2003

Message: We live in Cincy and are working to plan a trip out west next year. I’m not the fondest of Cicadas and would like for it to coincide with the 2004 emergence. Do any ‘Experts’ monitor this message board that could give me some clue as to the peak weeks that they will be ‘out and About’?Any assistance is most appreciated! — Tammy, Cincinnati, OH



First “annuals” of the year

Date: Monday, Jun/23/2003

Message: Heard my first “annual” cicadas last night (June 22) at dusk. They sang again this morning around 10:30 AM for less than a minute. Their calls last 10-20 seconds and are continuous in frequency without breaks. They don’t seem affected by the cold spring we had in this part of the country. In a couple of weeks, there should be at least four species of “dog day” cicadas singing in my yard and the nearby woods. The louder, the better! Cicadas help drown out my redneck neighbors. — Eric, East Central MO



CICADAS

Date: Saturday, Jun/21/2003

Message: CAN YOU KILL CICADAS, I MEAN IS THEIR A SPRAY NOT HARMFUL TO MY FRUIT TREES? — SUSAN, VINTON VIRGINIA



Lisa from Cincinnati

Date: Thursday, Jun/19/2003

Message: Lisa – with the May 8, 2004 wedding….what have you found out about the cicadas around that date? — PB, Cincinnati, Ohio



THEY’RE NEARLY GONE

Date: Wednesday, Jun/18/2003

Message: June 18 – 2003 – only a faint call of the cicadas remaining here – — Marci, Dry Pond Virginia



Memory Lane

Date: Tuesday, Jun/17/2003

Message: I was 13 and living in Lombard when I experienced my first “invasion”. My friend and I walked to the DuPage theatre clearing a path with a stick because the cicada’s covered the road. It was wild. My daughter is now 13 and I can’t wait for her to see them. She was born the year of the last invasion so she doesn’t have a clue. That year (1990?) I was attacked by them as I trimmed the hedges with an electrical hedge trimmer. I guess they mistook me for one of them. Never did finish trimming that year. I can’t remember if they are a terrible nuisance or not. I just remember being so amazed by the multitude of them! looking forward to another generation. — Joanne, Glen Ellyn, Il



lots of cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/16/2003

Message: I grew up in the city and saw only an occasional cicada in my 37 years. One of my goals for the summer was to work in my garden, which is now completely covered with cicadas. Every plant is blanketed in them and if I try to plant something new I only end up digging up a scoop of their writhing bodies. They creep me out to no end and I don’t want to pass it on to my kids so I have to watch them pick them up or occasionally scrape their remains from my son’s shoe. He is 2yrs old and I’m kind of concerned that he wants to stomp them and chant “crunch, crunch crunch!”, but I guess that’s another problem. Are their crunched up shells good for the garden? — Claudia, Park Ridge, IL



The Testimony of a Cicada

Date: Monday, Jun/16/2003

Message: On 6/10/03 I was awakened in the middle of the night listening to the unfolding story of a Cicada. Here goes: For 17 long years, I was held captive in a dark, lonely, cold earthen grave. Deep inside of me, I knew that I was destined for other things. I had a desire to grow and move forward. The greater the desire came the louder the voices around me came. One said, “you need to be content where you are.” Another said, “You are never going to make it.” And even another said, “Just wait upon the Lord.” I waited through 17 springs, summers, falls, and winters. I went through floods and did not drown. I went through fires and did not burn. My creator was with me all the time. One day a stirring began to happen within me. I began clawing my way upward through the earth. I had a determination that kept me digging – day after day, night after night. Finally, the earth parted and I walked out into the light of day. I saw the sun shining on an old rugged tree in front of me. As I slowly made my way up the tree, I began feeling the weight of my old creature. I stopped and firmly planted my feet. After only a fleeting moment my old creature cracked open and the new creature came forth. I now had these two beautiful wings that were full of color and life. I basked in the light of the sun until my wings dried. I listened carefully for the voices of others like me. I knew my days were short on this side of the earth so I flew quickly to where my family congregated. We all joined in together praising God in the Highest. I began hearing other voices saying, “They sound as though they are sounding an alarm”, and others saying, “They sound as though they are praising their Creator.” My Creator God gave me three wonderful days on this side of Heaven to sing praises unto Him with my voice. I wanted to sing the loudest of them all. I knew my three days of ministry represented the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost and after those precious days I would return unto my God who had truly created me as well as all other things. Also within those three days, the creature part of me had to find my Soulmate in order to reproduce after my own kind. When all had been accomplished in God’s time and order, my Spirit cried out, “It is finished.” — dcpnurse [AT] aol.com, Chestnut Hill, N.C.



Northern Arizona Cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/16/2003

Message: I came to your site to try and find info on how to eliminate or reduce the Cicadas at my home. There was no mention of Cicadas in the Southwest US or Arizona specifically. We have Cicadas every year starting in late May on our 3.1 acres. Some years are more than others but regardless every year the is an enormous amount. This is our vacation cabin in Northern Arizona so we don’t spend a lot of time there. This year I’ve gotten so disgusted with these creatures, not because of the noise or seeing them everywhere neccessarily, but because they spray some sort of fluid out of the trees in huge ammounts. Peeing? We were sitting outside in the late afternoon as the sun was going down and it was simply amazing and quite disgusting to see these huge sprays coming down from the trees with suprising frequency. We can’t even walk around the property for fear of being peed on.The indigenous trees we have are Pinon Pine, Juniper(with blue berries), and Alligator Juniper(rough bark). These are all pines and do not loose there leaves.I don’t know much about these creatures here in AZ, but if I could help you add any info to your web site I would be happy to.Does anyone have any ideas on reducing these creatures? I don’t want to use pesticides because we drink from the ground water well.jeffwaters [AT] cox.com — Jeff Waters, Vernon, Arizona



ughhhh!

Date: Sunday, Jun/15/2003

Message: I survived these little suckers in MO and moved here and get to see them again. I’m an avid Mtn Biker and they are deafening when I go ride–I’m thinking about wearing earplugs from now on. — Mary Dean, Blacksburg VA



Cicadas!

Date: Sunday, Jun/15/2003

Message: When I was a kid, finding a cicada shell was a big deal…but now, I’ve got loads of them! I saw several adult cicadas clinging to various flowers and plants in my yard yesterday. They’re so cute, with their bulging red eyes! (I also saw many detached wings, which tells me that the local birds have also discovered the emergence!) — Tina, Elmhurst, IL (west of Chicago)



cicada

Date: Sunday, Jun/15/2003

Message: got 20 of the little guys in the back yard on 6-12 and lots shells — frank, westmont IL.



Cicada grub

Date: Sunday, Jun/15/2003

Message: Last week while digging Liriope near an oak tree in my yard, I dug up a grub about the size of the middle finger. Not having any idea what this might be, I put it in a paper cup to see would happen. Today I looked to find it has shed a layer and looks like a Cicada. It is an off white and only moves the back part a little to turn itself over. I know what the adult ones look like but haven’t seen very many and have seen none this year so far. — Sally, Washington DC USA



Can’t hardly go outside

Date: Sunday, Jun/15/2003

Message: We have so many Circada’s flying around we can’t sit on our deck without several landing on us. The smell of dead Cicada’s is so strong it is hard to go outside. We have apparently built our house on top of their home. The noise is so loud…it is driving me crazy. It starts at daylight and goes on all day till dusk. They are everwhere I look…any suggestions on how to get rid of them? — Bonnie Humphries, Covington, Virginia



Cicadas everywhere!

Date: Saturday, Jun/14/2003

Message: While puttering with my flowers this morning, I notice hundreds of small cicada shells on the lowest branches of on of the trees near our house. The hatched cicadas are barely moving and are on my flower pots and along the foundation of the house. I tried poking them to see if they are alive, which indeed they are, but they don’t move much. What’s going on? Is this normal for this time of year in Chicago? I just moved to this area from Kansas City and have never seen this type of small cicada. — Ramelle, Rich & Mimi, Elmhurst, IL, USA



Large number of cicada

Date: Saturday, Jun/14/2003

Message: Just noting that we have a larger than normal amount of Cicada shells in this near west Chicago suburb. We usually see one of two a year, today I am counting around 25 empty shells, a few full, and a couple hatched hanging around. Wondering if this is a small taste of what is to come over the next few years? — Tom, Westchester, IL



cicadas are everywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, Jun/14/2003

Message: i am 14 and i never seen a live cicada untill now and theres hundreds in my back yard and shells all over the trees i was wondering if its the 17 year hatching and if they are harmful — sean, palos heights



Bugging Us

Date: Friday, Jun/13/2003

Message: We have seen several cicadas all over our yards — on our porches, in our hostas, in the grass, on the trees, and on our houses and garages. — Carol, Kevin & Michele, South Elmhurst



whoops…

Date: Friday, Jun/13/2003

Message: Sorry guys. I guess I could have worded my response a little better. Sometimes I forget what it was like as novice…. πŸ™‚ BTW we have yet to see any annual cicadas here in Arkansas. Not even the Neocicada, and that one should have been out at least a week ago. weird… — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cicadas

Date: Friday, Jun/13/2003

Message: We found several discarded cicada shells in our backyard today. This is the 3rd year in our home and we’ve never seen these before. Just wondering if the 17 year Cicadas are back already…seems a bit soon?? — Amy, Orland Park,IL



Early Emergence

Date: Thursday, Jun/12/2003

Message: Could the unusually frequent rain and rising water table be causing the cicada’s to emerge early rather than drown? — Jackie, Glen Ellyn, IL



early emergence

Date: Wednesday, Jun/11/2003

Message: I saw over 30 Cicada’s today in my backyard on my flowers and along the back of my house. The last time I saw them was in either 1989 or 1990. Today is June 11 and it was in the high 60’s and overcast. Is this an early emergence? They are most repulsive. Do I just let nature takes it’s course or is there something I can do to eliminate them? — Diane Martin, 1041 55th Street Downers Grove, IL 60515



Cicada ramblings

Date: Wednesday, Jun/11/2003

Message: I remember riding the school bus down 183rd St when it was just 2 lanes wide, and the bus was being pelted with cicadas dropping out of the trees that arched over the streets. This had to have been in either 70 or 71. Then I moved to Park Forest and bought a house on a heavily wooded lot, where the cidadas, when they next immerged, were so heavy that they would get in your hair and clothing when you walked the 10 feet from the house to the driveway. My friend’s son was just a little guy then and he’s 19 this year… so… based on my recollections, I think that the south suburb brood is really brood X and we’re due for our heavy infestation in 2004. I too am seeing more than the usual number of cicadas this year, however, as is my friend who lives in Lansing. — Sue Too, Park Forest, Il



I have periodical Cicadas emerging in my yard

Date: Wednesday, Jun/11/2003

Message: I’ve lived in my house since 1967. Our 17-year cicadas aren’t due until 2007.I’m assuming the cicadas emerging this summer are an off-schedule 13-year brood.I haven’t really heard of or seen too many outside my neighborhood in the rest of the northern suburbs. — Sandy , Glenview, IL (North suburb of Chicago)



Chicago Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Jun/11/2003

Message: Thanks for all of your notes about the cicadas out in the Chicago area. These records are of particular interest for several reasons. Monte Lloyd and Hank Dybas, from a previous generation of cicada researchers, worked at the University of Chicago and the Field Museum. They noted a major advance emergence event in1969 (cicadas were expected in 1973). Since then, it’s become evident that such events seem either to be rather common in Brood XIII, the Chicago cicadas, or, now that now that Lloyd and Dybas prompted us all to watch Chicago closely, these events happen everywhere, but we are less likely to miss them when they happen in an urban area like Chicago. Either way, we’d like to know, because the explanation will reveal much about cicada life cycles. Good records can help sort this out– if, every 17- years, the “straggling” cicadas always show up in a different spot, then that pattern would not be very consistent with a self-reproducing “shadow brood.” If, on the other hand, the stragglers always show up in the same spot– well, then we need to investigate that spot further, because either there is a shadow brood, or something about that spot makes cicadas consistently come out in advance.So this is a plea to all–If you find a straggling emergence of Magicicada in the Chicago area, and you can get GPS data, tape recordings, temperature data, physical description of site, and street address, I’d greatly appreciate it. If you can only get some of these things, please forward the information to:John CooleyDepartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology75 North Eagleville RoadThe University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 06269Thanks, — John, UCONN



Isn’t it too early for the 17-year cicadas?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/10/2003

Message: Been in this house since 1987. I know that the last time around for the cicadas was a year or so after we moved in. So does anyone have any idea why these guys are emerging? My kids think they’re very interesting and are not freaked out. But I was just wondering. — Monica , Glen Ellyn



Sandy, don’t worry now

Date: Tuesday, Jun/10/2003

Message: From what I have learned recently the cicadas that have come out this year are early ermergers. The numbers that are out now are nothing compared to what we will see in 2007. And Kirk, I was surprised too that there was nothing on the news about the cicadas. But I think, and I could be wrong, that they have only come out in the older western suburbs and southern suburbs. Does anyone have seagulls flying around their neighborhood? — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Just a little nervous…

Date: Tuesday, Jun/10/2003

Message: I’ve spotted these guys crawling about in my lawn. This morning I counted over 50 in a 10×10 area. I’m relatively new to this community but I’ve been told that everything is covered during a cycle-including the streets! — Sandy, Riverside, Illinois



Early Emergence

Date: Tuesday, Jun/10/2003

Message: We also have been seeing a large number of cicadas with the largest number emerging(at least for now) on Saturday (June 7). The emergence is large enough that I am surprised there has not been anything on the news. — Kirk LaGory, Downers Grove, IL



Response to Barbara of Catonsville, MD

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: Barbara, you are experiencing a one year “acceleration” of Brood X. The main emergence will occur next year in Maryland from DC to Baltimore west to Frostburg. Four years ago, many isolated localities in this same area, experienced a four year acceleration or a “coming out early” of Brood X. This is one of the things that has made mapping out all of the Broods so “challenging”!! But the picture is getting clearer. — John Zyla, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



Steve Bradley from Staunton, VA

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: Steve, after mapping out Brood IX last week, the northernmost sites in Va were Salem and southweatern Roanoke. Your record for Staunton, Augusta county is of particular interest. This is a good distance from Brood IX and in the heart of Brood I. You are in an area, however, where an isolated pocket of Brood X has occurred in the past and you may be experiencing a one-year acceleration of Brood X. If so, you should also have periodical cicadas occurring again next year. Could you please send me more details on where you are located? I would like to confirm whether this to be true or not. jzcicada [AT] hotmail.com. Thanks. — John Zyla , Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: John, tell your wife to get a life. What is her problem, its a little bug for crying out loud. Does she have a sister who has a problem with bugs too? They usually travel in pairs, like shopping or something. Do you have a dog thats afraid of thunder too? Why dont you just pack it up and leave. Also, be careful if you have a pool too, ducks like to get in there and we wouldnt want that to happen either!!! — Percy, Downers Grove



Their Here

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: We had cicades emerging about one week ago. We live in a wooded area of the city on the western boundry. Everyone I talk to that lives within about a 30 mile radius have seen none. Even my friends that live in Staunton have not heard them. We are about 100 miles north of Roanoke where I read of many sightings. Is this unusual? We seem to have a “pocket” population. — steve bradley, staunton, va



Cicada singing

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: I heard the cicadas singing for the first time this morning after my walk. Now that I have my doors open I can hear them on and off. — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Bugged out

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: I am glad to have found this site because I wasn’t sure what those insects were! I am a bit “bugged” by them but I’m glad to hear that they aren’t harmful. Not only are they covering my maples but also hanging on the leaves of my lilac bushes, hostas, newly planted annuals and even on the air conditioning unit! But why don’t I hear them “singing”? — Anna, Homewood, IL



off-year periodical cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: From scanning the messages it seems to me that the west and south suburbs of Chicago are experiencing some sort of early emergence phenomenon. On Sunday I too found a periodical cicada four years early. This is interesting. — Kate, Westmont, IL



My cute cicada.

Date: Monday, Jun/9/2003

Message: One day, I found a cicada on my deck. It looked injured, so I decided to keep it. She can’t fly. One day, I wanted to let her free. We put her in a cup and put it on our side walk. When she crawled out, she turned and started crawling back to me! So from then on, I took good care of her. — Megan, Middletown,Ohio, united States



Possible sighting of periodical cicada skins at Brookfield Zoo

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: My kids and I found some cicada skins and dead nymphs on June 9 at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois (east and a bit north of LaGrange). They were shorter and much skinnier than the annual cicada skins we find later in the summer. It was too cool and wet to hear any adults singing, so we wondered what we had found. Now we suspect the invasion of periodical cicadas may have made it to Brookfield. My kids didn’t find any similar skins (or adults) the day before in Oak Park, several miles northeast of Brookfield (despite playing outside that whole warm, dry day). So, I wonder if we’ll be able to define a limit to the early emergence.Eric of Kids’ Cicada Hunt!http://www.saltthesandbox.com/cicada_hunt/ — Eric Gyllenhaal, Oak Park, Illinois, USA


A message for Dog owners

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: Every year we get messages from dog owners asking if it’s safe for their dogs to eat cicadas. Based on 100s of posts and emails I would say ‘maybe’. Dogs, by their very nature have little or no self control, so they are in danger of gorging themselves, or choking. The one thing that hurts dogs and other pets the most is pesticide. Owners or neighbors react to the cicadas by spraying copious amounts of pesticides in an effort to stop the cicadas, but they end up poisoning the dogs instead. So eating a cicada won’t kill your dog, but gorging, choking and pesticides will. — Dan, Cicadaville


Nicey, nice!

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: Nick, be nice to the novices. Your last message was a little condescending. You’re right about Brood XIII by the way, but “stragglers” come after a main emergence. Should we call the pre-emergers “pioneers”? — Dan, Cicadaville



way too many for my comfort

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: I too live in Downers Grove, IL and have hudnreds in my yard. I went out this morning to have my coffee in our yard. I was sitting under an old oak tree when I noticed hundreds of shells, both occupied and empty. I decided to return inside when I heard a crunch under foot and saw tons of them in my lawn. I’m glad I found this site. When will the cicadas leave/die? — carol, downers grove, IL



To John in Downers Grove

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: The periodical cicada you see in your yard now is usually gone by mid-July. 2007 will be our big year when these cicadas come out much heavier than they are now. — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Cicada’s in Downers Grove – How Long Will They Last?

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: Our trees, deck, plants, etc. are entirely covered by Cicada’s. Unfortunately, my wife has a major phobia of all bugs which has not made the last several days very enjoyable. Are the Cicada’s expected to be around the entire Summer? — John, Downers Grove, IL



Seagulls swoop in for feast!

Date: Sunday, Jun/8/2003

Message: Yesterday the seagulls discovered the tastey cicadas in our neighborhood. Flocks of 15-20 flew down the street, landing in yards and devouring any cicadas they could find. It was quite a sight! — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



australias largest cicada

Date: Saturday, Jun/7/2003

Message: Hi,I have a cicada that I’d like to know the latin name of. It is a huge (BL = 7cm, WS=20cm)tan brown Cicada that I believe is Australian? I have searcvhed the web and not had much luch with finding any web pages with photo’s. If anybody either knows the name of it (from my poor description – hey there may only be one cicada of that size in Australia?!)or any pages that might help? could the let me know?Thanks in advanceJ — Jay McCartney, Palmy New Zealand



Is this one just a stray??

Date: Saturday, Jun/7/2003

Message: I found a lovely cicada corpse on my porch the oother day-I wish I could claim to love these cyclic red-eyed ones as much as the yearly…Was this just a stray or is this the year for Maryland? i’ve lost count.Thanks. PS These stories about dogs getting ill from locusts worries my-my labs eat EVERYTHING!! — Barbara, Catonsville, Md



Rick

Date: Saturday, Jun/7/2003

Message: It wouldn’t “feel” like Brood XIII because this wouldn’t be the main emergence. If these cicadas are from XIII, and I can’t imagine what other brood they would be, they are four year early stragglers and are thus only a small fraction of the main colony. The main emergence will be in 2007 and should be much more profound than what you’re seeing now. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



I do not think it is Brood XIII

Date: Saturday, Jun/7/2003

Message: This does not feel like Brood XIII. I have been here for 2 emergences of Brood XIII. 1990 felt light when compared to 1973, but it had been a cold and damp spring in 1990 (somewhat like this year). 1990 seemed to be half of 1973, and this seems to be half of 1990. — rick, Flossmoor



Lots of cicadas

Date: Saturday, Jun/7/2003

Message: Daylilies leaves are covered with emergence shells. But the cicadas are smaller than I can ever remember. They are about 3.5 cm (~ 1 inch ) all with bright orange eyes. Any idea what sp.? — Steve, Hinsdale, IL



Cicadas, everywhere!

Date: Friday, Jun/6/2003

Message: I have three maple trees, all three are covered. I am glad to have found this site and to have seen the post from Flossmoor. My trees look just like Sue’s posted pictures! — Monica, Homewood, Illinois



Chicago Brood X?

Date: Friday, Jun/6/2003

Message: Most likely, if not definitely, it is Brood XIII 4 years early. The 4-year accelerations and decelerations are fairly common in the 17 year broods. Not only that, Brood XIII is the only well-established brood in the Chicago area. Brood X doesn’t stretch quite that far north and west; the closest it gets would be MAYBE the south side along the Indiana border. And that’s a big maybe. Brood III, meanwhile, occupies the other side of Illinois; nowhere near Chicago. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas


Chicago Early Emergence

Date: Friday, Jun/6/2003

Message: IL folks: It sounds like brood X, XIII or XIX is making en early emergence. Probably brood X, which is due next year. Every now and then magicicadas emerge ahead of, or after the time they’re supposed to. — Dan, Cicadaville



Agreement with last post regarding “due” in Chicago

Date: Friday, Jun/6/2003

Message: I agree with the previous post regarding the fact that I also can’t find any broods “due” this year in the western burbs of Chicago. I’ve lived here for 10 years and have always seen some come out every year (usually later when it’s warmer out), but never on the scale I’m seeing now. This reminds me of the 1990 brood. — Ken, La Grange, IL



Another Western Springs Report

Date: Friday, Jun/6/2003

Message: There are hundreds on our trees that we noticed this morning. Why are they “early”? I was looking up the same things as others in the western IL suburbs and can’t find either a 13-year or 17-year that’s “due” this year. Anyone know which type they are? — Sue Spear, Western Springs, IL



Pics of periodic cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: Here are some pics from the trees in my front yard that are filled with these cicadas.Go to this address…http://www.spookywhatsqueeks.com/cicada — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Cicada doggy treats?

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: One of my dogs is gobbling down cicada like popcorn since they began emerging a couple of weeks ago. Do they contain any potentially harmful bacterium, nematodes,other parasitic infective agents, or disease organism?I know people eat them—really? But I assume they fry them first.thanks,john — John Havran, blacksburg va usa



they’re back

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: This is the first time I’ve experiencedthis. Are they also called locusts?We live in a rural area and our propertyborders a national forest and we have thousands of these little critters.Yesterday when I walked out on my back porch I was literally attacked.I’ve seen them now in all stages and they just started singing yesterday.My husband says it sound like the sound track from ‘Species’. — Joanie, Atkins, Va USA



stupid dog

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: Our Jack Russell dog began having wild looking seizures after coming out of the woods the other day. He vomited 5 almost whole cicadas. Who knows how many he digested. We took him to the vet to be checked out. When we asked her what was wrong with him she said, “He’s just stupid. He ate too many bugs.”The sight and sound of these insects inthe woods is beautiful. When this sound is mixed with the whipoorwills and other woodsy creatures, it is a marvelous symphony. — Debbie Snavely, Marion, Virginia, Smyth County



Hundreds on my front tree!

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: Today is especially nice weather and I noticed a few in my back yard on the deck and such – went to the from yard and there are literally hundreds on my front pine tree (which won’t do them any good I I understand – not a leaf dropper)! Looking at the charts I don’t see Illinois listed for 2003 so I thought I would mention it here. — Joe Hudetz, Western Springs, IL



many emerging in Chicago western suburbs

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: As I left my house this morning, I saw dozens on my exterior walls and drivway emerging from their shells or crawling out of the ground. Something triggered them to come out last night I guess. — Ken, La Grange, IL



Locusts in “Bloom”

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: The ‘Locust’ phenomenom in our county is incredible. I didn’t realize it was a big deal, I just found it odd. Then my husband ask that I get on-line to find out how long they live. That led me to this site and then within two days our local paper ran an article on the front page complete with recipes! I would like to submit a link to a photograph on my family web-site of one of my hostas covered with the little critters. They are cute, and the noise is quite deafening here on our little hill-top. This has been fun and quite a topic of conversation! Here’s the link http://groups.msn.com/thewilburns/latestphotos.msnw?action=ShowPhoto&PhotoID=1219Donna — Donna, Rich Creek, Giles Co., Virginia



Love is in the air at Philpott Lake and Dam

Date: Thursday, Jun/5/2003

Message: Jose – Read your post…Love is in the air at Philpott Lake. (We are next door to Fairy Stone). You are invited to camp with us and enjoy the Cicada Concerta. Our Environmental Ed Ranger will be happy to share information with campers about our lovely music makers. (As I type this, I am currently listening to radio transmission of our staff – and our communication have an odd “HUM” to them…I didn’t realize just how much the insects are impacting our lives. When you spend so much of your time outdoors you get immune to them after awhile and don’t even “hear” them any more. It will seem so strange when they are gone) — Park Ranger Susan Traxel, Philpott Lake, Bassett, VA



Magicicada emerging this evening

Date: Wednesday, Jun/4/2003

Message: As I went for a walk this evening I noticed quite a few periodic cicadas emerging in the grass, crawling on the sidewalks and on the trunks of trees. This is not our year for the 17 year brood. We should not have them until 2007. Has anyone else in the Chicago area seeing these cicadas? — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Cicadas everywhere.

Date: Tuesday, Jun/3/2003

Message: Never saw so many cicadas molting. Some tall clumps of grass have half a dozen hanging on. They’re on almost every type of plant. Incredible hum from the woods, but in our yard, they are silent. Our two puppies eat them like nothing is better. Unfortunately, one of them seems to be allergic. I don’t know how to keep him away from them without staying indoors. I hope the cicadas won’t eat too much!! — Diana Renfro, Grassy Creek, NC



Made it down to the VA Cicada Concert……

Date: Monday, Jun/2/2003

Message: We drove 9 hours south to experience the magicicada emergence this past weekend. Camping at Fairy Stone state park proved to be a good move as the park is full of adult cicadas and some still coming up. I was disappointed with the park employees who had very little information or knowledge of cicadas even though the sound echoed all around. These cicada are not as loud as the ones Ive heard in Costa Rica which make a sound that arches up in pitch and volume and finally one long high ear piercing screach. The magicicada sound more relaxed to me, like a tame symphony of new york city sirens…….. I will post some photos and sound bites in the next week or so. JC — Jose Conde, NEW YORK



I wondered what that was

Date: Monday, Jun/2/2003

Message: I just came up to the lake yesterday afternoon and heard the background music. It was so loud and present that I thought someone had left something runnning. But then I heard it all around the lake, so knew it was natural. I didn’t think that it was the cicada phenomenon because I recall last time that they were actually louder. And, I haven’t seem them buzzing all around either, which also is different. But, the “surround sound” was so much like cicadas that I mentioned the phenomenon this morning to a business colleague who was not familiar with it. By the way, SML, VA is just down the road from Ferrum (about 30-40 miles east – see previous posting). So, maybe I’ll hear them when I go back to North Carolina this afternoon. Enjoy nature’s symphony! — Chris, Smith Mountain Lake, VA



Anyone have any earplugs?

Date: Monday, Jun/2/2003

Message: Wow the cicadas here are getting really really loud! While talking on the phone..my sister could here them through it! Had to come in yesterday while trying to plant tomatoes…they were in my hair and the sound was almost deafening! Even brought one in on my shoulder. You can look out the window and see them flying around everywhere! — Carla, Ferrum, Va.



Thanks…

Date: Sunday, Jun/1/2003

Message: …for the pics Dottie. BTW has anyone seen Magicicada cassini out there? Certainly there are plenty of M. septendecim singing (the one that sounds like the “space aliens,” as some people describe it :P). I just wondered if the cassini were out there. They’re the loud rising and falling buzz. If anyone happens to run across a bunch of them, watch them synchronize their chorus. It’s really cool. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cicada photos

Date: Sunday, Jun/1/2003

Message: I was very lucky to be in White Sulphur Springs, WV last week.I was able to take lots of Cicada photos. To view a few of them go to:http://homepage.mac.com/dottiesphotos/PhotoAlbum36.htmlEnjoy, Dottie — Dottie Tison, Los Angeles, CA



Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jun/1/2003

Message: I am coming home to Northern Va and Richmond for the 2nd week in July. Does anyone know my chances of seeing/hearing them or will the party be over? — Ellen, Yorkshire, England


May 31, 2003

Cicada Comments from May 2003

Filed under: Brood IX | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:52 am

Mapping out Brood IX in WV and Va

Date: Saturday, May/31/2003

Message: Just started the first day of a three day search for the boundaries of Brood IX in Virginia and West Virginia. There were no Magicicada along I-64 through Va until we reached White Sulfur Springs in Greenbrier Co., West Virginia. Despite periodic rains we have collected voucher specimens for Greenbrier and Monroe, WV and Giles Co, Va. Tomorrow we travel down I-81 to I-77 to define the western boundary. Monday, we will travel back through the Martinsville, Va area to determine the eastern boundary. Thankfully, Cindy in NC is driving around determining the southern boundary in NC. The WV Dept of AG is determining the northern boundary. Looks like things should come together for an awesome map! If weather is nicer I will try to get photos for you Nick. — John Zyla, Cicadas of the MidAtlantic



Locusts

Date: Saturday, May/31/2003

Message: Visit this link for a picture of a locust: http://www.unic.undp.com/locusts.htm — Locusts look exactly like grasshoppers. — Dan, Cicadaville



The diffrence between Cicada and Locusts

Date: Saturday, May/31/2003

Message: I have some people around here who think that the Cicada “jar fly” and Locust are the same, I know they are not but I need diffinative proof they are not, “pictures” and disscriptions of what they are would be great! Anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Michelle — Michelle , spanishburg W.V.



You guys are having all the fun…

Date: Saturday, May/31/2003

Message: If anyone happens to get any good Magicicada pics could you email them to me? stnick127 [AT] collegeclub.com Wish I could be out there this year. πŸ™ — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



They’re here …

Date: Saturday, May/31/2003

Message: Dry Pond Virginia – 2 miles from the NC border – cicadas have been here for 2 weeks now ….. — Marci Shore, Dry Pond Virginia



Stuart VA

Date: Friday, May/30/2003

Message: They are alive and well, I have some land in VA and when I visited this weekthe noise was amazing….like grinding bearings — Mark, Kernersville/nc



They’re Everywhere! They’re Everywhere!

Date: Friday, May/30/2003

Message: I happened to run across this sight, and just thought I’d share… About 2 weeks ago I heard this ‘noise’ that I just couldn’t figure out. Sounded like a diesel engine running in the distance, across the ridge. But then it just kept on & on. After a few days of this I realized what I was hearing. We have hundreds of Cicada ‘molting’ on our property. On the sides of the house, trees and just everywhere you turn, they’re there. (Our new mama cat thinks they are quite tasty, will have to keep an eye on her & make sure that she doesn’t overdo it!) And even though they are staying around, they are not singing in our yard. Can’t figure out why? But thank goodness they are not. It is absolutely unreal. Even though this is a ‘magical’ sound, it must be deafening for those who are in the middle of this symphony. I know that there must be many people around here that can’t wait for the song to end. Sometimes they do get a little louder and I think “Oh no they’re coming our way!” But I think it is due to the changes in the weather, which has been really crazy around here for this time of year. It seems like I remember the typical dog-day Cicada singing in the evening hours, but these are wide open all day long. — DJ, Millers Creek, NC (Wilkes County)



You guys are so lucky

Date: Friday, May/30/2003

Message: Man I wish I could see the emergence all you guys are talking about.I have been trying to get my hands on some of your Magicicada species, but so far to no avail.If any collecter is keen on exchanging your Usa, Canadian etc cicadas for my New Zealand ones I am keen to do so, although I must warn you that we have only a small amount of species in comparison to you guys, that Brazilian cicada is a beautiful species, nice photo.Just leave a message if anyone is keen, and i’ll get intouch — Kees Green, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand



Glad I found this site !

Date: Thursday, May/29/2003

Message: I’m so glad I found your site and the pictures. I thought I’d found some mutant cicada while cutting weeds this evening – I’d never seen one with red eyes and bright markings! – only drabber coloring. No one I know appreciates how excited I get about a beautiful bug, but I know you guys do. Thanks. :o) — Courtney Haynes, Bland VA (near Bluefield VA/WV)



what kind??

Date: Thursday, May/29/2003

Message: We seem to have something that becomes a very intricate black and white patterned mothlike adult./ anyone have any input on this?? — Barbara, callands virginai



Cicadas Cicadas Everywhere!!

Date: Thursday, May/29/2003

Message: Just wanted to post and let everyone know that here in Mt. Airy, NC the Cicadas have been out for a couple of weeks. Their buzzing has grown louder and louder each day. I can look out my backdoor and watch them flying all around. One landed about a foot from my son and I the other morning on our deck. It sat on the railing and continued singing its song. It was a really neat moment and it opened up an excellent opportunity for my son and I to do a little web research and learn more about these amazing insects. — DM, Mount Airy, NC



reporter seeking cicada fans

Date: Thursday, May/29/2003

Message: I’m a reporter with The Roanoke Times in Virginia and I’m doing a story on the emerging cidadas. I’d love to talk to some folks who are paying attention to them and watching them as they come out of their 17-year sleep. Please email me ASAP with a day and night contact number and I’ll give you a call. Or call me. Thanks!761-9990 or zeke.barlow [AT] roanoke.com — zeke barlow, roanoke



Weird Stuff

Date: Wednesday, May/28/2003

Message: I’m 21 and this is the first time I can remember seeing these little critters out and about. I remember when I was real little we’d go out and find the sheds. It was always fun. But now it is kinda creepy seeing all these huge bugs crawling all over the trees. Have to admit though, they are rather beautiful with those red eyes. I’d like them better if they weren’t crawling on my screens and porch and some have even managed to sneak into my house. I’m wondering how long they are going to stick around. Hope it’s not too long, they might wear out their welcome. — Alisha, Jumping Branch WV



Cicadas emerging

Date: Wednesday, May/28/2003

Message: Am trying to determine the actual species of the cicadas that are emerging now and have been for a week or so. I don’t know if they are of the 13 or 17 year variety.Noisy little critters, but enjoyable. I saw them once when I was a kid in Utah …I’m now 53. — David L. Hargreaves, Cedaredge, Colorado



length of ‘stay’

Date: Wednesday, May/28/2003

Message: All of you who are in the midst of the 17 year cicadas……..let us know how long they are around. — PB, Cincinnati, Ohio



They’re Everywhere, They’re Everywhere

Date: Monday, May/26/2003

Message: Well, here we are just off Highway 89 between Mount Airy, N. C. and Galax, Virginia. Just here for a visit with my grandma. We live in the Tri-Cities region of Tennessee. I cannot believe the deafening sound of the locust “flapping” their wings. It sounds like an alien spacecraft landing in the trees out behind my grandma’s house. There’s shells all over the front and back porches. My dad caught one by the wings and showed me an up-close cicada/locust. Don’s want any part of them. I think we’re going home earlier just to avoid loco mania. My dad said he remembered the locust plague in Surry County during the early ’50’s. So, they’re right on time, 51 years later. Signed: Jennifer from Tennessee or “Going Home to Maintain my Sanity” — Jennifer, Mount Airy, N. C.



CICADA

Date: Monday, May/26/2003

Message: WE HAVE THEM EVERYWHERE — DSKELLY1942 [AT] YAHOO.COM, PAX WVA FAYETTECOUNTY



Locusts (Cicada)

Date: Sunday, May/25/2003

Message: For two weeks now the cicada has come forth and we have thousands of them. I know they were supposed to appear this year or next. This is the fourth time I have seen them in mass 4 times in my life. I am 60 years in age. Have always delighted in their appearance. They are so ugly but are a very interesting creature. There is an old saying that they call Phraoh and have an M on each wing, a sign from God of the great story in the old Testament. If you listen to the din they set up during the day you can usually hear on making a sound that sounds like the name Phraoh and they do have an M on their wings. Thought you might be interested.Jay — Jay Parks, Martinsville, VA 24112



holy crap

Date: Sunday, May/25/2003

Message: They’re everywhere! Found a few, thought, ‘oh these are so cool’. I was mowing the yard and I’m stopping, picking ’em up and moving them. (why yes, when I mow it takes forever because of the the bug, turtle, toad, etc temporary relocations)Then……I found a billion. My screams of ‘EW EW EW’ deafened dogs in the next county.Please reassure me they aren’t gonna eat me in my sleep.*movin to France* — Caroline, Christiansburg, VA



unbelievable!!!

Date: Sunday, May/25/2003

Message: Our friends and family just can’t imagine what we are talking about when we try to tell them over the phone what we are seeing here! It is unbelievable to see the number of these things (I was glad to see in your web site, the number mentioned as possibly reaching hundreds of thousands, if not millions! Currently they are covering the sides of buildings; on every tree in the yard; all over the grass (making the grass seem “alive” with all the movement); and covering the patio, deck, and sidewalks – have given up trying to keep them swept away! And the dogs are eating their fill of them — seems as though it’s a special treat – like popcorn!I called the local agricultural extension agent to ask about them and his response was, “well, some folks get them every now and then. you can just take some Sevin and kill them if you want to.” He obviously did not understand the magnitude of the “problem” and I told him I didn’t want to kill them if they were not harmful. And, besides, it would take a tanker-truck full of Sevin to kill as many as we have!I am SOOO glad to have found this very informative web site! Thank you. Now I am going to forward this information to our children so they won’t think we are crazy! or exaggerating!For the record, the cicadas began emerging here a couple of weeks ago (around May 12)and we were extremely interested; by last weekend they were very much a nuisance with “shells” all over the place, making the crunch underfoot as we walked; okay, so now, even though we are thrilled to have seen this only-every-17-year occurrence, we are ready for the event to be over. The noise is so loud, it is annoying when we try to have quiet time on the deck in the evening! And the odor of decay is beginning to be very unpleasant. However, considering our age, we are hopeful to still be around during the next emergence!! — Dottye and Walt Currin, Westfield, Stokes County, NC, USA



Cicada’s everywhere!

Date: Sunday, May/25/2003

Message: Just stumbled upon this website, looks like it has everything I needed to know about Cicada’s. I had always heard them referred to as Locusts though, so that threw me off. I believe I was 7 the last time they came through so it would be right on the money at 17 years apart. Very ugly critters and LOUD! lol Did some mowing yesterday and noticed out in the field all the shells they left behind after they would molt. Glad to see more people from my area on here. — Chris, McGrady, NC



Thick and singing

Date: Saturday, May/24/2003

Message: They’ve been here about 2 weeks but have just started the past couple days getting really thick. — C, Ferrum, VA. USA



Loudest Insect in New Zealand

Date: Friday, May/23/2003

Message: This is for Rosa Lee Temu.The loudest Insect in New Zealand is in fact a Cicada, it is called The Greater clicking Cicada, or its scientific name is Amphipsalta zealandica.Its the large cicada that you see in summer on lamposts, houses, trees etc.I hope this helps and its not to late — Kees Green, Albany, Auckland, New Zealand



W & P

Date: Friday, May/23/2003

Message: Does anybody read the FAQs?https://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/category/faqs/ — Dan, Townsville, NJ



p and w

Date: Thursday, May/22/2003

Message: have you ever heard the thing a bout the p and the w on the wing the w means that it will be war in the 17 yr pd. and the p means that it will be peace in the 17 yr. pd just worndering e-mail me at evil_lilly [AT] hotmail.comP.S.: the “locust” is starting to come out down here. — Randall lilly, camp creek, wv



Cicadas Everywhere

Date: Thursday, May/22/2003

Message: The population continues to grow with each passing day! Rain has apparently slowed their wing development but probably thousands on my one acre of land. VA Tech says should be around in some numbers until mid to late June!Virginia is for Lovers (and Cicadas):) — Dave, Salem, VA



Will the Cicadas still be there June 7

Date: Wednesday, May/21/2003

Message: I am planning to get down to Virginia , Roanoke /Appalachain trail area to see hear and record magicicada. How long will the emergence most likely last????Please email me at jlc3d [AT] aol.com…much appreciated.Jose Conde — Jose Conde, Brooklyn, NY



Will be plotting Ennice on our map

Date: Wednesday, May/21/2003

Message: Thanks for reporting, Stephanie! We’ll be in your area over the weekend plotting our map for John. We’ll be sure to drive through Ennice. πŸ™‚ My son captured his first cicada today and let me tell you, this guy has been the center of attention all afternoon! He’s a beauty!! — Cindy, near Hays, NC – Wilkes County



Thank you Stephanie!

Date: Wednesday, May/21/2003

Message: Thanks for your report Stephanie. If anyone else in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia has seen the emnergence of periodical cicadas, please leave a message on this website with your town, county and state. Thank you. — John Zyla, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



Happy to help, John

Date: Wednesday, May/21/2003

Message: John, I just read your message about reporting cicada appearances. Thought I would include the county in NC where I’m located. They’re everywhere here! — Stephanie, Ennice, Alleghany County, NC



They’re everywhere!

Date: Wednesday, May/21/2003

Message: I noticed them crawling on the trees and molting last night, this morning they’re all over the trees and bushes around here! — Stephanie, Ennice, NC



Hi Luci…

Date: Monday, May/19/2003

Message: Have you noticed the cicadas seem to be rather quiet and sparse during the rain? We haven’t heard or seen them nearly as much the past several days as we did earlier last week when it was warm & sunny. I hope they’re not leaving us already. πŸ™‚ — Cindy, near Hays, NC



Cicada

Date: Monday, May/19/2003

Message: We have lots and lots of Cicadas covering all my trees and crawling about. I can honestly say I’m not too thrilled about this, they are a big problem with my trees. They are already swarming about. — Lrm, Hinton WV



I don’t know yet

Date: Monday, May/19/2003

Message: This is a quzeWich is the insect that makes the most nose out of New Zealand?I am a student that gose to primary.I am only 9 years old.I am a stande 4.FROM ROSA LEE TEMU — Rosa leeTemu, Auckland Glen Iness



They are here!!

Date: Saturday, May/17/2003

Message: Woke up yesterday to hundreds (maybe thousands) of these cicadas. Shells & live ones currently all over everything! How long does this infestation last and should I try to kill or just let nature run its course?Best regards from western VA,Dave — Dave, Roanoke, VA



Re: Ann

Date: Friday, May/16/2003

Message: They are brood IX. — Brian P., KY, USA



Magicicada

Date: Friday, May/16/2003

Message: We’ve got plenty here, on trees, walls etc. What brood might they be? — Ann, Roanoke, VA



EzBoard Cicada Forum

Date: Friday, May/16/2003

Message: I have a Cicada message board at http://pub207.ezboard.com/bplanetcicadaDiscuss and share… — Brian P., Ky, USA



Magicicada septendecula!

Date: Friday, May/16/2003

Message: I heard a male M. septendecula singing this afternoon(May 16, 2003)at 4:15 p.m.! I listened and followed the solitary male about 15 minutes as it flew from tree to tree singing. This area is brood XIV country, so I was surprised to hear one this year. Brian (cicadaguy [AT] email.com) — Brian P., Northeast KY (Carter Co.)



cicadas here

Date: Friday, May/16/2003

Message: There are many cicadas in this location right now. They started appearing last weekend. They’re all over the yards and singing to beat the band. — Luci, North Wilkesboro, NC, USA



We’d be delighted

Date: Thursday, May/15/2003

Message: to help, John. I emailed you and look forward to learning more! — Cindy, near Hays, NC



Cicada in Arizona

Date: Thursday, May/15/2003

Message: We found an adult cicada while visiting the Grand Canyon on April 30th. We didn’t know what we had found–nor did the rangers. We’ve just identified it here, and wonder if they are common in Arizona? — Deb , Santa Cruz, CA



Cindy, will you be willing to do some research?

Date: Thursday, May/15/2003

Message: Cindy, If you and your children would be interested in participating in a study of the cicadas in your area please e-mail me at jzcicada [AT] hotmail.com. Thank you. — John Zyla, Maryland, Cicadas of the MidAtlantic



Judy Relax!!!

Date: Thursday, May/15/2003

Message: Judy,The is nothing mentioned in the Bible about cicadas. Every Periodical cicada has a “w” mark on each wing, so there is nothing to the story that they predict war. Also, it is impossible for them to bite, they only have a straw like mouth part. Nothing to worry about! — John Zyla, Maryland, Cicadas of the MidAtlantic



cicadas are here

Date: Wednesday, May/14/2003

Message: Hi Judy. I’ve read the cicadas aren’t dangerous in any way, and won’t bite or sting unless they mistake you for a twig in which case they might bite. As annoying as they are, I’m trying to find the beauty God intended in their mighty choruses and my homeschooled children and I are in for an awesome science lesson this year! Here’s hoping we can all find joy & pleasure in the cicadas. — Cindy, Hays, NC



LOCUSTS

Date: Wednesday, May/14/2003

Message: All you people who want to see these things, just come on down to Carolina. The woods are infested. The ground and the trees and plants are just crawling with the ugly bugs. If anyone can tell me how to terminate them other than walking around outside with a big Long!!! stick, please tell me. I hate bugs. — judy, THURMOND, NORTH CAROLINA



locusts

Date: Wednesday, May/14/2003

Message: These things are everywhere. Has anyone noticed that they all have a ” W ” on their wings? I think according to the Bible this means 7 years of War. If they have a P on the wing it means 7 years of peace. Does anyone out there know if this is true biblically or not? Also, one of the varmits bit me and I would like to know if there is any danger in it’s bite? If you can answer any of these questions, please email me a jsparks [AT] rivercto.com. — JUDY, THURMOND, NORTH CAROLINA



What weeks in 2004 will the cicadas appear?

Date: Wednesday, May/14/2003

Message: The 17 year cicadas are due in Cincinnati in 2004. Does anyone know what weeks or months? — M Bailey, Cincinnati, Ohio



Please report localities of 2003 Periodical Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/12/2003

Message: I am doing research on the cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic. I am very interested in mapping out the distribuion of periodical cicadas in this area. As some of you may know, this year Brood IX is emerging in southern WV, western Va and northwestern North Carolina. If you live in these areas and have Periodical Cicadas occuring between now and the middle of June, please left a message on this website with the nearest town, the county and the state where you have found the cicadas. Thank you. — John Zyla, Maryland, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic



Cicada Sighting

Date: Monday, May/12/2003

Message: They are everywhere.Bought the property with my son in law about 3 years ago (22 acres)It was clear cut of most timber just prior to us bying it, but that is not keeping the Cicada’s away. — Bud Molnar, Purlear, NC



Periodical cicadas

Date: Monday, May/12/2003

Message: Yesterday morning we found that several cicadas had emerged and molted in our flower bed and the nearest tree. Never seen this type before, wonderful to find out they are periodical ones, not the typical dog day. Have several questions: Why are they just located in one isolated area of my yard? How can I determine which brood this is? Looks like they may be a 17 yr, brood IX (2003) but may be brood X (2004) stragglers. How can I get a more detailed map of my area to determine this info and what species this may be? Sorry about all the questions but my kids and I are very excited about this since we love and appreciate these guys. Any help would be great.PS It amazes me how ignorant people are about these cool insects. Everyone needs to see this site. — Jen, Francisco, Stokes Co, NC, USA



Cicada “Plague” May 8 2004

Date: Friday, May/9/2003

Message: Dear Lisa In reference your wedding plans for May 2004 and worry about a cicada “plague”.The Cicadas will emerge naturally and majestically after 17 years living as lowly grubs. They will come out of the ground with slick new wings and a black shine in mass numbers. They will sing beautifully for a few days, mate, lay eggs and die. There kind will not be seen in Cinci for another 17 years!A cicada emergence is no plague, it is a cause for myth and celebration. I would consider there presence at my wedding a blessing from nature. The true “plague” is human overpopulation, pollution, environmental destruction, and the ignorance of mankind. The best thing you can do is welcome the cicadas to your wedding……you won’t have to hire a band!!!!!! Jose Conde , NYC — JConde, NYC


June 30, 2002

Cicada Comments from June 2002

Filed under: Brood VIII | Brood XXIII | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:13 am

CICADA

Date: Saturday, Jun/29/2002

Message: We have swarms of those ugly things herewill be glad when they are gone, but in the mean time our 4 dogs love eating them. I don’t see how anyone can call them cute, they are a pain in the backside and destroy trees. HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM DEAD!!!! — Patricia, Winnemucca,Nv



Cicadas in the north

Date: Friday, Jun/28/2002

Message: After looking at the photos on the Great Lakes Cicada Page, I believe the cicadas I saw here in the Peace Country of northern British Columbia are Okanagana canadensis. Some of this species are supposed to be desert dwellers and the site I found them in was a mini-desert area in the middle of grain growing fields of what is mostly considered boreal forest. I did not think cicadas could survive this far north with our incredibly long, cold winters. Anyway, I am really excited that they exist up here! — Penny Johnson, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada



They’re here!

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

Message: Last Sunday we were moving solar panels & a pump jack in the hills. The cactus were blooming and so were the sego lilies. I asked my husband why there were SO MANY buzzing insects out there with us. Usually you here a few, but this was something else. We also have plenty of snakes, so it was very distracting! I looked around and immediately found several cicadas. These hills are considered high altitude desert- lots of sagebrush and greasewood. Well, this morning the cicadas were here – enjoying our irrigated fields and lawn! Whole lotta buzzin goin on! — Karen, south central Montana



Invasion of Cicada

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

Message: WOW! I had no idea what these noisy huge bugs were. Called the Cooperative Extension they gave me a two paragraph plurp-Cicada. All of the North Valleys sounds like your about to take off in a plane. So I went out a looked in our trees-WOW! There must be at least 10 cicada per branch. I’m told these will only last until the end of June. I’m glad I got to witness this phenomomen. It has been very interesting. — Heidi, North of Reno, NV



Tibicen cicadas beginning to get more numerous…

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

Message: T. pruinosa and T. chloromera are becoming more common every day. T. linnei has made a few appearances as well. Of course Neocicada heiroglyphica ia out. They have become quite numerous the last week or so. I captured a couple of Tibicens Monday and photographed them together with some of the Magicicada I brought back from Clinton Lake, Illinois. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen the two types alive together at the same time. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Tibicen auletes joins the crowd!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/26/2002

Message: On the evening of June 24 at 8:49pm, Tibicen auletes was heard calling in Ridge, Maryland (82 deg). This is very early for this species whose average call season begins in mid-August. It is almost 6 weeks earlier than the previously earliest record for our area (July 31). T. lyricen is now abundant in the evening about a half an hour before dusk (last two nights). T. chloromera is now commonly calling during the morning hours for the past two days. T. auletes was heard again last night (Jun 25). With N. hieroglyphica calling in localized areas, there are now 4 annual cicada species calling in Southern Maryland. — J. Zyla, St. Mary’s County, Maryland



A bug that appears to look like it is a small dragon fly

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

Message: I aasume that this is a lucust however I have never really seen them before — Tom, Moncton New Brunswick Canada



Is there a 8 yr varitey of this bug

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

Message: We have these bug enmass right now and was wondering if there is a 8 year variety because they seem to show up enmass about every 8th year? — L. B., Reno, NV



Periodical Cicadas in eastern PA

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

Message: I was rafting on the Lehigh River in Carbon Co. PA on June 23 when I heard scattered songs of periodical cicadas along a 13-mile stetch of the river. No real chorus, just individuals. This seems to be way out the normal range of Brood VIII in PA. anybody have any ideas on this ? — Ed Johnson, Staten Island, NY



Cicadas in the far North

Date: Monday, Jun/24/2002

Message: I am thrilled to have found and heard cicadas up here in northern BC where we have very long winters and minus 30 degrees celsius in common. I live a year in Tucson, so I immediately recognised the sound. The place was a desert-like area that is quite rare up here, high above the Peace River. This is the only area I have spotted them. Is this unusual to find them so far north? — Penny Johnson, Dawson Creek, British Columbia, Canada



Spit

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

Message: Do Cicadas spit? I heard if you hold em by their wings they spit they sometimes spit? — Vanessa, Toronto,Ohio USA



Spit

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

Message: Do Cicadas spit? I heard if you hold em by their wings they spit they sometimes spit? — Susan, Wintersville,Ohio USA



roadkill

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

Message: driving pittsburgh to cleveland this weekend, saw literally hundreds of cicada(e?) dead along side of pa 60 up through allegheny and beavery counties. also heard classic hum while walking on montour trail. They hover above your windshield, then make a juicy splat. Also saw a few on US 30 in eastern Ohio (Columbiana County) today… — dan roth, robinson twp, pa



Two More Annual Cicada Species have begun calling in Maryland!

Date: Saturday, Jun/22/2002

Message: A Tibicen chloromera (Morning Cicada) was heard calling for the first time this season at 10:14am (77 deg) on June 19, 2002 in Ridge, Maryland. (This is a week early from the 7-year average first call date of Jun 26 in MD). A Tibicen lyricen (Lyric Cicada) was heard calling for the first time this season on the evening of June 20 at 8:39pm (72 deg)in Ridge, MD. (This is 10 days early for the 7-year average first call date of June 30). Neocicada hieroglyphica continues to call sporadically. We now have 3 annual cicada species calling sporadically in our area. — J. Zyla, Ridge, St. Mary’s County, Maryland



Can cicada’s cause brances to seep sap?

Date: Saturday, Jun/22/2002

Message: I have a young Red Crimson Maple tree and noticed the tips of a few branches not looking healthy. I could find no insects on the trees but have had a ton of cicada’s. I did notice where sap had run down from the higher branches and was wondering if the cicada’s could have caused that? — Terri Orkwiszewski, Apollo, PA USA



Daugher loves “Locust Hunting”

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

Message: My 2 y/o loves to hunt the little critters. She asks me every day, “Go locust hunting?” (Easier to say than “cicada”.) She enjoys holding them by the wings to feel them flutter, then gets the biggest kick out of feeding them to either of our two dogs. The dogs have taught themselves the meaning of my exclamation to my dtr “Here’s one!”, and they excitedly come running. πŸ™‚ They haven’t eaten a full meal of dog food for a couple weeks now! — Shari, Frazer township, Allegheny Co.



Time to Leave!

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

Message: Ready to drop and roll. Live in the country and love to be outside gardening, etc. We have many trees and they are constantly flying. Their noise sounds alien, they are just big ugly flying bugs that eat the trees and will bite you if you leave them on long enough. Unless, you have a bee suit on, a walk in the woods would be impossible. Sure will be glad when they leave so I can hear the birds singing again. No wonder they only come every seventeen years!!! — C. Kralik, Fawn Township, PA



Cicada Population

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

Message: I am inquiring regarding the unusual cicada population emergence in the middle to North Eastern region of Jefferson County, OH. During the last few weeks, they have become quite audible, even deafning with their nocturnal, but beautiful chorus of nature. Subsequently, they appear very dense with respect to population.I happened to be in a small town in Columbiana County, Wellsville, OH on 26 May, 2001, when I noticed many dead cicadas but I did not hear any specific audible tones to lead me to any conclusions that these wonderful creatures were back. Last year, in 2001, I had seen the culmination of the last 17 year cycle with an almost exponential amount of insects & didn’t expect them to be present again for more than another decade at the very minimum.Can you advise me as to why the emergence is occurring so quickly again and what type of cicada are we experiencing? Additionally, is this a different emergence than the one witnessed in 2000/2001?Regards,Jerry — Jerry, Toronto, OH



Still going strong

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

Message: This seems to be the third week in our area for these noisy, gregarious insects. We are facinated with them and ever so pleased that they don’t cause permanent damage. We live in the woods and the noise can be eerie at times! — Coleen, Indiana, Pennsylvania



Reno cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

Message: The cicadas you are experiencing in Reno are probably Okanagana utahensis, but might be another species of Okanagana. O. utahensis is found throughout the Great Basin area and sometimes occur in large numbers on the sagebrush. (The people experiencing the emergence of the 17 year cicadas would not be impressed.) I have seen large numbers out by Austin and Elko, NV in past years. O. utahensis is mostly black but have very pale marks on the pronotum, behind the head. They will be pretty much gone by mid to late July — Tim McNary, Ft Collins, CO



What is the life cycle of the cicada in Nevada?

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

Message: We have hundreds and hundreds of holes in our yard. The sounds are incredible! What type of Cicada lives in Reno, Nevada? What is the life cycle? — Susan, Reno, Nevada



cicads found on luggage a airport

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

Message: I found 2 adult cicadas on the luggage carosel at the Buffalo airport. The flight had come in Atlanta-But who knows how long the bugs had been riding around with the luggage. I scooped them up and brought them home. Took a couple of fuzzy webcam photos then turned them loose on a maple tree in my backyard. — gary nelson, buffalo ny



Cicada grub found in Michigan

Date: Wednesday, Jun/19/2002

Message: My son and his babysitter were sitting in the yard when they saw a grub emerge out of the ground right in front of them. They had it in a jar for me when I got home from work. Also found a shell attached to a leaf. The babysitter knew all about them…I had never heard of them until now!! From reading your site, sounds like we will see many more of them in the near future. So far, I have not heard their sound, but it has been rather cool at night here lately, if that has anything to do with it. Pretty interesting creature! — Evan, Oxford, Michigan



WHERE?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/18/2002

Message: COULD SOMEONE PLEASE INFORM ME OF ANYSIGHTINGS CLOSE TO ERIE PA.?THANX — COLIN GREEN, TORONTO,CANADA



Cicada in our sage brush

Date: Tuesday, Jun/18/2002

Message: It started with hundreds of holes appearing on the hill in our backyard. Then the buzzing started. After analyzing the dead ones that our cat brought into the house, we saw that they were cicada’s. What I don’t know is what kind and how often they will appear here. They aren’t living in our trees, they are in our sage brush. So far, I havne’t read anything about cicada’s that live in bushes like these, so low to the ground. Everything is about them being high in trees. Does anyone have any ideas? I most curious about their life span. From the number of holes (can’t walk for the number of them) and what I’ve read about how many eggs the females then lay, next time they come out could mean not seeing the back yard through the mass of them. I don’t want to kill them or even get rid of them, I just want to know what to be prepared for and when.Thanks,Troy — Troy, Reno,Nevada



Near Car Cicada accident

Date: Sunday, Jun/16/2002

Message: I remember one day getting into my sisters car and after a few minutes of driving heard a loud buzzing noise. I looked up and on the dashboard was this Cicada that started flying around inside the car. My sister freaked out while driving and nearly got us killed.I did not know then what this insect was But remember it looked like a giant fly. — Sam, Queens, NY



Cicadas are Popular

Date: Sunday, Jun/16/2002

Message: I Wanted to know more about these Giant “Fly Like” Creatures AFTER trying to describe one that fell in my pool.I personally have a fear of like roaches and giant flying Bugs. I am amazed that so many people like these Insects.. I am sure they are helpful, I just have a crazy phobia. — Sam, Queens, NY



oh my god there here

Date: Saturday, Jun/15/2002

Message: well i don’t really have a lot so i’m glad there here — alexa, New Brighton



Azaleas

Date: Saturday, Jun/15/2002

Message: They must be young (or small) plants. Or you may have just had an awful lot of cicadas concentrated in a small area. Still I think the azaleas will come back, as they grow from the roots, unlike some herbaceous flowers that actually do grow from the tips. They could die, but I don’t think they will. They’ll need time though. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: Nick. The azaleas are dying. it isnt just teh ends. There are deep nicks made by the female from the tip all the way to the base of the branch. The cuts are so deep that many branches have broken already and not at the ends. — Christine P., Center Twshp., PA



I’ll Miss Them When Gone

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: I’ve been enjoying these guys for the last three weeks. I’ve spent all my time watching them, playing with them, and listening to their songs. I feel privileged to have so many of them here and I can’t stand the thought of them leaving for another 17 years. It’s going to be awfully quiet and boring! Any way to get them back sooner? — Jan, Rural Valley; Armstrong Co., PA



My backyard

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: Yesterday evening I heard my first annual cicada of the year. He was barely audible for a while, then loud for less than a minute. His call was steady in frequency. About two weeks earlier than I usually first hear annuals.Also in my backyard from about May 31 for about 5 days, I heard the lonely calls of one to several Decim in my backyard each morning! Searched the woods on my property but didn’t even find skeletons. But it’s better than nothing. I wouldn’t know if they were more likely XXIII who wandered from their main range, or XIX who emerged four years too late, thinking they were 17-year cicadas instead of 13.Travelled last weekend to Carlyle Illinois (flooded) and forests southeast of St. Louis; heard and saw zilch. Looks like I won’t encounter periodicals again until 2011. — Eric, Missouri



Sorry

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: You might need an address to send the picture of the cicada pupa to, so here it is….terriblet272002 [AT] yahoo.com Thanks again. — Tara Nicholson, Southeast Missouri



We found a pupa of something….

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: My husband found a pupa and thought it might be that of a cicada. We have been trying to find pictures of cicada pupas, but can not seem to find any. Please if at all possible, could you send us a picture of one so we can see if that is what it is? Thank you. — Tara Nicholson, Southeast Missouri



cicada leaving

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: hi, i am wondering when these cicadas are going to be gone completely.no more sound, no more flying everywhere.please let me know very soon.i have a phobia of bugs,i need to know.thank you very much.bragom000 [AT] yahoo.com — brandi gomez, midland,pennsylvania



Shrub damage

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

Message: Dude, the shrubs aren’t dying. Take a look, it should just be the tips. The egg-laying kills the tips of the branches but not the tree or shrub itself. It may look bad, but it doesn’t hurt them any more than pruning would. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Shrub Damage

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

Message: The “Quesion & Answer” portion of this web site made mention that cicadas do not damage shrubs but rather only small disiduous trees. I assure you this is not true. They are killing my azaleas. The female has cut notches into the branches everywhere. Can anyone tell me if the azaleas will make it? Thanks. — Christine P., Center Twshp., PA



attacked baby

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

Message: a cicada flew onto my baby’s face and when I hit it off of her it left a huge red, swollen and bloody mark on her. I can’t wait for this 17 yr. stint to be over. I hope I never see another one again!! — h, boardman, oh



I heard them…

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

Message: Yesterday I was driving, into Frazier Township (About 10 miles from my home) and I heard this humming sound. I didn’t change it’s tone, I heard this sound for about a mile or so. I thought it was may van making the noise, but to my wonderful surprise it wasn’t. It was created by a large group of Cincada. I didn’t see any until this morning, I went outside for my morning cig, and there was one, only one. Light green in color, clear wings, red eyes. Not the prettiest thing. — Robert Aston, Cheswick, PA



Brood XXIII wrapping up in Arkansas

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

Message: Everywhere I went that has cicadas today has died down significantly. The decim are completely gone for all intents and purposes. The cassini are still there but greatly diminished. And the decula… well, they were never out in force to begin with, except Lake Poinsett and along Crowley’s Ridge, where I didn’t manage to get to. But I would suspect that anything east or southeast of here is even farther progressed than this anyway. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



They were cute at first…

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

Message: But now they are laying eggs in all of the young trees and ruining them. I read up on them and they are right, they are quite dumb insects. Why? Because there is so many of them that if a few get caught or killed there are always more to come. Seem sad that I’ll be 36 before I’ll see them again. — Clinton, Armstrong County (Gilpin) PA



none here, but are they there?

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

Message: are they in the yough river valley yet? looking for some great fly fishing…. — dave, irwin pa



Getting quieter…

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

Message: The noise is already starting to die down up here in Chippewa Township. I’ve noticed a major difference in noise level over the past few days. Sounds like we only have a short time left to enjoy the lovely sound πŸ™ — Brendan, Chippewa, PA



Amazing

Date: Tuesday, Jun/11/2002

Message: As a young girl I recall finding the shells of the cicadas on the maple tree in the back yard. Their only significance to me at that time was how frightened I was of the ugly shell and having to check my bed at night as my brother would put them there to torment me. Now, the same yard the same OLD/HUGE maple tree continues to bring forth these interesting creatures. I’ve asked around the neighborhood and no one else is having a problem with them but the landscaping of my home is covered with the shells. I was in the area of Racoon State Park today (near Hookstown) and I have never heard such an almost deafening constant drone from within the woods. They were flying across the road, splating on my car and falling down into the wiper well. I’m certainly glad I was not outside in this! One last thing, one nymph left it’s shell on my shoe during the night, I looked around the porch for the live critter and couldn’t see it then I carefully looked in the inside of my other shoe before putting it on and there were two bulging red eyes looking back at me. I always thought these guys were green and square heads, this one almose resembled a large yellow jacket body and the red eyes…well he sure was creepy looking!! If anyone has any input on this ‘type of locust/cicada please e-mail me patterson [AT] zoominternet.com, as I’m beginning to really become interested in these things, Strange???????? — Chris Patterson, Ellwood City, PA



13 Year Cicada has arrived!

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: For the past week or so we have heard them in the woods all around us and now they have invaded our property to the point I have major problems doing anything outdoors without being bombarded by them. — L D M, New Harmony, In.



Indiana

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: I wish the guy from the White River Bottoms had posted a few days sooner. Last Thursday (June 6) I was looking for the cicadas (particularly tredecim and neotredecim) in Knox Co., Indiana and couldn’t find them. Granted, the weather was bad last Thursday, but I should have heard something if I’d been in the right place. I guess the populations are spotty up there and I managed to dodge them all somehow… — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Brood VIII

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: I was running on Panhandle Trail, and about a half mile toward Carnegie from Gregg Station, the woods are crazy with the 17 year cicadas. Big area, over a half mile wide. The noise is awesome. I was puzzled both by cicadas in early June, and by the local concentration, so I did an internet search. Now I know what they are! — Frank, Carnegie, Allegheny County, PA



Don’t worry, they’re all W’s

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: I’ve been told the old wives tale that cicadas have either a W or P. Since then, I’ve read that all of them have a W on them so let’s not get all worked up. Also, I’m lucky enough to have been peed on by the cicada. They can call it honey dew or whatever, but I call it gross. They’re beginning to die already and they smell terribly. That does not stop my dog from feasting on them however. Hopefully, I’ll live somewhere else in 17 years!! — Tina, Sewickley,PA



When are they coming?

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: Hi Everyone,I remember the 17yr cicadas in Jr High and I just wanted to know when they will be coming again? Is it about time?Could someone with this information let me know?Thanks — Romulus, Baltimore, Maryland



The bugs are ruining my research

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: I really never minded the cicada. In fact, I always enjoyed hearing from them on warm spring nights. Now, however, I “hate” them. I have reforestation research going on in West Tennessee and they are not treating my young seedlings very well at all.Oh Well… I’ll continue loathing the animal. — Chris , West Tennessee



Large invastion

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: While visiting my country home on Saturday June 8th, I was amazed at how many cicadas there were. They were buzzzing and hanging on the trees. I hadn’t been up there for two weeks, so I don’t know when they arrived and how long they will be around, but they were annoying. — Dora Dickerson, Dayton, PA USA (Armstrong County)



Outer Limits

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: Our back yard is over run my Magicicada Septendecim Brood VIII (30 miles N. of Pittsburgh). The little critters are everywhere. All the moles in my yard this spring suddenly make sense, what with the larvae getting ready to emerge and all. The local bird population must be taking advantage of this event too, as I’ve not filled the feeder in a week. The chorus has been steadily getting louder the past week, and is about 50-70 decibles now. They sound very “Outer Limits-like,” weird and yet wonderful! — Jeff Thieret, Harmony, PA



Answer to PLF, Periodical Cicadas in DC

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: Dear PLF, While annual cicadas will soon be out in the Mid-Atlantic area, Brood VIII of the periodical cicada does not extend south to DC. The next periodical cicada emergence for DC will be in 2004 when Brood X emerges. If you can wait two more springs, you will probably have plenty of them. — John Zyla, Ridge, MD



Are there Cicadas in Wassington , DC

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: I just moved to DC and I miss my Cicadas. An anyone tell me if I can expect to here them here in the capitol city?Regrds, PLF — PLF, Washington, DC



Cicada Sighting

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: We have those bugs EVERYWHERE!! — Missy, Burgettstown, Pa



Brood XXIII

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: Hi,Upon visiting the White River bottoms, I heard the unmistakable call of the Periodical Cicada over the noise of traffic. I had never seen this species of cicada in my life before last week. I was back again on Sunday, and they are still there just as in the week before. I’m 23, so it makes sense that I wouldn’t remember the first time I may have seen these guys. Just wanted to let you know that the brood is quite active near the White River and in wooded clumps in Southern Indiana. Thanks. — Eric Holman, Knox & Sullivan Counties, Indiana



Cicadas with “holes”

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

Message: The hollowed out cicadas are victims of a fungal infection that affects the Magicicada. It is more widespread in some areas than in others, but as you noticed, it feeds on them until the entire abdomen, and sometimes part of the thorax is eaten out. The only places I’ve seen it this year are Lake Poinsett State Park in northeastern Arkansas and Harmonie State Park in southwestern Indiana. I saw some of it in north Arkansas during the Brood XIX invasion in 1998 too. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Can I look forward to them here?

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

Message: I live in the south suburbs of Minneapolis, MN. Are we going to get the cicadas here? I hope so, because my kids would love them! Please let me know where they are expected. — Amy, Twin Cities



Cicada’s

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

Message: The Cicada’s started emerging about three weeks ago. The woods near us are full of them now, with their constant “singing”. — Richard Rosey, Apollo, PA



Hello

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

Message: My mother and I are sitting on our porch listenting to the cicadas. We wanted to know things about them so we found your site. I’m so happy now that I know cicadas pee. Ryan — Ryan Talkington, East Liverpool Oh



Siting in Mingo Creek Park, near Finnleyville, PA

Date: Saturday, Jun/8/2002

Message: First my friend and I heard them as we were driving into the park. Then saw them swarming by the hundreds on tree tops, in trees, etc. Saw the little round holes on the ground, from which they emerge. Oddly, my mom had been at the park several days earlier, and the circadas had not yet emerged. These little buggers are LOUD! — Jamie, Pittsburgh, PA (Allegheny County), USA



o.m.g.

Date: Saturday, Jun/8/2002

Message: Oh my god, these things are everywhere. They seem as though they are going to take over my house. I live in the middle of the woods and i have been surrounded by locust now for two weeks. I just wish that they would stop making that annoying sound. — chirs, Cranberry, pennslyvania, us



They are here but have holes!

Date: Friday, Jun/7/2002

Message: We have tons of cicadas in the yard. We have noticed that some of them have their entire end hollowed out. It looks like something has eaten them except they are still alive and flying. we have noticed also that some of them with the holes have what appears to be dirt like matter in them. What is happening to these bugs? — Betsy Nix, Hernando, Mississippi



They look like hummingbirds everywhere!

Date: Friday, Jun/7/2002

Message: I heard them for about a week now but I didn’t really see any, but today they are everywhere here, flying from tree to tree. This is the 3rd time I seen them in my lifetime the first time I was about 11 and terrified of them now I find them fastainating, they look like hummingbirds everywhere. — Jackie Mabin, Rochester Township, PA



First Annual Cicada of Season Calls in Maryland

Date: Thursday, Jun/6/2002

Message: FYI. A Neocicada hieroglyphica was heard calling at 5:43pm (86 deg) on June 5, 2002 along Rt 235 near the intersection of Turkey Neck Road in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland. This was the first annual cicada heard so far this season and it beats the previous earliest known MD record by 5 days (June 10,2000 & 2001)for this species. “Hear” we go!!! — John Zyla, Ridge, Maryland



Cicada activity near Pittsburgh

Date: Wednesday, Jun/5/2002

Message: I work near the Pittsburgh Airport and just today noticed shells on the ground around a couple of the trees and cicadas singing in the woods nearby. From what I understand their emergence was delayed because of some cold weather we had in May. I live in the South Hills and haven’t seen any at all. We were right on the edge of the last emergence in 1999 of another brood. I’m wondering what other areas around Pittsburgh have them, I recently bought a motorcycle and plan to do a lot of riding starting now, but want to avoid areas where they may be. I don’t want to get hit by them, I would think they would hurt! — Sandy, Pittsburgh, PA



Cicada Surprise!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/5/2002

Message: June 5, 2002 See our message of June 3. Since our research said that full adulthood occurs 4-6 days after emergence we went out to listen for the cicadas choruses. SURPRISE! We didn’t hear a sound. More cicadas. Humdreds of them. All stages again. Even some on the Hollys. Two on the Dogwood. They really love the big Oaks. More pictures taken: 15 of them. Research says they do not destroy, only occasional “flagging”. They do not bite. They do not sting. They have only sucking mouth parts. They do not transmit disease. They sure do FASCINATE!What’s going to happen next? — O and E Montgomery , Natrona Hgts. Allegheny Co. PA



W = war

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: Yep that’s right, locusts and cicadas know when there is going to be a war and they write “W”‘s on their wings. I’m scared… I hope the Indians don’t nuke us! — Virgil, California



They are every where!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: Last week my wife askewd what is that noise. At first I said frogs, only becaues it rained the night before and I figured that was whatthey where until I started to notice all of the skins on the trunks of the trees. They where far off in the distance then this morning I noticed the sound closer and then looked up and to my amazement to see thousands flying in the air around the trees. I’ve been playing with the dead ones but wondered if they would bite or sting. Loked up on the net to find out more info and to find out that they are very harmless. Now my curiousity will be stronger. Here they are quiet at night but all day long they don’t quit! They are ugly but cute. Explain that!!!!! — Ray , Sewickley, Pa



Mothra ATTACKS!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: Someone has aready mentioned a Godzilla-type movie sound, and I’m inclined to agree. While I don’t know too much about these little buggers (ha!), this variety (small, dark abdomen) seems different than last “awakenings” (large, green abdomen). Is there any truth to this? — Mike Kartje, Carbondale, IL



It’s over in Clinton

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: Brood XXIII activity seems to be finished here in central Mississippi. I have heard no songs and seen no fresh specimens since June 2. However, a Tibicen species has emerged here and is now producing a nice evening call. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA



Locusts Markings Indicating War or Peace?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: We heard of this story, but really didn’t believe it about the 13 yr old locusts until we saw one this weekned. The story is that if the locusts wings shows a visibl W or P that it indicates peace or war for the next 7 years. We saw one that dropped from the ceiling to the porch on Sunday afternoon and it was clearly a “W” on the wing. Anyone ever heard of this before? Pls email me if so at bonniejeancarter [AT] earthlink.comThanks! — BJ Carter, Milledgville, TN



nature seems cruel

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: Wow, what a strange and seemingly cruel world that we live in. These beautiful insects live beneath the earth for 17 years and emerge for only one week? I’ve always loved seeing the cicadas. When I was young, I used to use the spent cicada shells as clothes ornaments. The shells will hang onto your shirt all day. It freaks lots of people out, but it is a neat way to introduce children to this facinating insect. Gotta go now, we’ll talk in 17 years! — valera hodill, West Deer,PA



Amazing Noise

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: I live in the middle of town my parents live about a mile away at the edge of town. I have seen maybe on flying around home but my parents have tens of thousands. The sound is almost deafening. If you stay outside for a while it reminds me of the way your ears would ring at the end of a Ted Nugent concert. I wonder if they will damage the trees? It is kind of like an old Sci-Fi movie the way the sound goes up and down. — Ken Wagner, Chester, IL



when are they leaving??

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: We live near the woods and hear the cicadas all day and last night I kept waking up, either actually hearing them, or the sound is just buzzing in my head at night. It’s a little annoying, actually….when will they leave? — DJ, Little Rock, AR



awesome

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: I’ve never seen anything like it! It was my dog Willow that made me notice them emerging. Now we’re both fascinated by the numbers and the sound, though I have no desire to eat them, like Willow does. They’re certainly aerodynamically and navigationally challenged, so they’re fun to watch…but combine their incessant racket with a steamy hot southern Illinois day, and…enough, already! Thank you for this site! — Lynn Winston, Carbondale IL USA



Millions of these things

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

Message: In 43 years, I’ve never seen so many of these things as I have this year. The sound is so loud, it’s almost frightening. Why are there a thousand times more cicadas around here this year than ever before? — John Nemetsky, Carbondale, IL 62901



How do you kill these things?

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: Please tell me HOW? — Paul C., Hopewell, PA



brood xxiii

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: Surfed the net this evening to find out what it is I’ve been hearing for about five days now. Brood XXIII sounds like a good title for a horror movie. The noise is deafening. We have about a dozen acres of woods. I trust they won’t do too much damage. It’s a bit creepy to look up into the treetops and realize that it’s no breeze that’s stirring them. — aaron lisec, anna, illinois



It was like a horror movie!

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: I live up near Erie and we haven’t spoted any yet. However this weekend we traveled down to my father’s in Beaver. As soon as we got out of the car we heard something…WEIRD. At first I thought it was a car alarm going off across the valley. I t soon became apparent that it was no alarm. I am 37 and can’t remember ever seeing them. There were thousands of them. My folks had a nice picnic planned for us but they kept flying around and falling out of the trees on us…Yuck! After I got over the initial creeps I started to examine them, they are pretty interesting. I am a teacher so was glad to find your cite so I could better explain to my students what I had experienced. — Liz Barry, Beaver, PA



Where I’ve seen them

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: There here in E. Liverpool, but patchy. Areas I remember them last time have none (yet?). I have seen them east in Beaver PA. and south toward Stubenville.This weekend went west and saw few toward Canton and none in the Loudenville OH area. — Paul Weymouth, E. Liverpool OH



The latest

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: Have reports of emergence in Austintown Township, west of Youngstown. That’s where I grew up and experienced them in 1968 (wasn’t here in 1985). Yesterday saw and heard very many in the picnic area below the dam at Jefferson Lake State Park NW of Steubenville. — ray novotny, youngstown, mahoning county



17 year cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

Message: Emerged June 1, 2002. Hundreds of them. Holes 1/4 to 3/4inches in diameter. Front lawn primarily. Traveled up to 75-100 feet to our big Oaks. Very few paid any attention to our Dogwood tree. Ignored the Hollys. Pictures taken: 14, all stages about 10 am. on June 2. After returning home at 12:30 pm they had disappeared into the heights of the Oaks. Only traces were the holes, shells molted, and dead ones. We are excitingly awaiting the music of the adults in 4-6 days. — O and E Montgomery, Natrona Hgts., Allegheny Co., PA



We got tons

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: Cicada were quiet in May because ofadverse weather. Arrived in fullforce May 23, O2. — gil hoffman, Indian County PA, USA



where in Ohio

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: Where in Ohio are the cicadas. I have heard of Youngstown area and East Liverpool area. Any where else? — Dan Kendle, Nortrh Canton,Ohio



they’re all over!

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: even tho i was only 3 the last time they were here, i remembered, and waited for them to arrive this year. well, they’re definitely here! they seem to think the brick on my porch is a tree and leave their shells behind there! then there are live ones crawling and writihing and doing all kinds of stuff right outside my front door. i think their noise sounds like something from the twilight zone! — Mac, OHIO



The noise, the noise,aaahhhhhhhhhhh

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: Been workin in the yard, sound of them buggards drivin me crazy. All along the woods line are millions of em.They really don’t agree with my dog tho. He was eating them and then up-chucked a wad on our living room carpet. My wife isn’t too thrilled either when they land on her. — Al , Economy Boro,Pa



me again

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: I have looked up the type of cicadas we are currently experiencing and we are not having the annuals we are having the ones that come along every 17 years. They are about 1 to 1 1/2 inches long and have black bodies and red eyes. — priscilla, weirton, wv, hancock county



they’re back

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: i don’t know about anyone else but we have hundreds maybe even thousands of the darned bugs and my flowers are suffering. they have been here about a week now and i don’t think they are in full force yet. They start their singing, to put it mildly, about dawn around 6:30 am and stop when the sun goes down over the hill at about 7:00 to 8:00 pm and as the day goes on they get louder and louder till you want to scream! The neighborhood cats are enjoying them they consider them a great snack food. I live in what we call a holler between two hilly ranges and the nieghborhood is mostly family. There are about 10 houses in our valley. We have decided not to put our garden in this year… if the flowers are any indication of what is to come we don’t want to loose all of our garden plants… good thing I canned enough last year to last alittle thru this year. — priscilla, weirton, wv, hancock county



Singing Times?

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: I’ll be visiting the Pittsburgh, PA area in the next week to see family and collect the cicadas that have recently emerged. Can anyone there give me some ideas on what time singing starts and stops during the day? — Tim McNary, Ft. Collins, CO



I Saw 1

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

Message: This morning on my way to get the mail I saw somthing unusual and when i took a closer look i knew right away what it was. There was only 1 and i found only 1 “shell” but i’ll be on the lookout for more. It’s actually very interesting what they go through to be here such a short period of time. I’m sure there will be more coming. — Leanne, Indiana, PA



HAHA

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: HAHA YOU HAVE THEM AND WE DON’T! HAHA — George, Toronto, Canada



Catch one

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: Someone should catch a few for pets and keep em for 17 years. I’m gonna go do that right now, Im surprized no one mentioned doing anything like that yet. — Jon again, PA



i have seen them

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: i’ve seen them. they are loud. they smell. they look wierd. i don’t like them. they are ikky. they suck large monkey balls. — zach, pa



Crazy

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: This is the first time for me seeing these things, of course, because Im only 13. The noise was annoying for about the first day but now I can fade it out in my head. Anyway, these things are crazy, I like it thought.I went outside a little bit ago with a hockey stick to scrape them all off our trees, we have about 5 acres. That was fun… not. I dont see how theyre scary, I made a Cicada Killa shirt, pretty cool stuff. I hope they don’t leave too soon! — Jon S., Westmorland County, PA



thousands of cicadas

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: The noise of the cicadas is almost deafening. It isn’t even fun to go outdoors on this beautiful spring day. How long does this sound continue to go on? — B Duncan, Carterville IL



Sighting

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: Hello! They are here! — Eli, Zelienople



So Many Bugs!

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: I opened my door this morning and heard the strangest sound, kind of like machinery running down the road. I asked my family if they thougth it was the cicadas and no one thought a few bugs could make that much noise. Then I went outside and found out that the few bugs we had yesterday had turned out to be a massive amount of bugs today! And I guess since the noise is still out there it is the cicada song. I think I will stay inside until they leave for the next 17 years! — Connie Stenger, East Liverpool, OH



They are here.

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: Just moved to the area three weeks ago. Have a nice wooded 1.5 acre lot. Don’t think I’ll be out side for awhile. There are buckets full of cicadas everywhere. This morning the sound started. Lara from Beaver(neighboring town) Made me feel a little better. Can’t describe the sound as singing. Looking forward to July. — Kate, Baden, Pa.



They are here!

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

Message: We are swarming in the little darlings. I thought three years ago we were lucky not to have too many. That was just a preview. We have buckets now! Began appearing 5/26, swarms on 5/31, do you think we can safely plan an outdoor picnic on 6/8? Happy chirping to all! — Jim, Toronto, Ohio

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