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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 :)
~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! :) — 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


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.

� 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. :) 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. :) 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


February 28, 2004

Cicada Comments from February 2004

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:11 am

Just a little question…

Date: Sunday, Feb/29/2004

Message: Are there a lot of cicadas on Dale hollow lake because I am due to go for a senior trip in the beginning and was wondering if the cicadas would be there bad and ruin my time. So if anyone has any information please contact me at Froggy231524 [AT] aol.com thanks very much!!! — Chelsea , Ohio



WHERE

Date: Sunday, Feb/29/2004

Message: WHERE CAN I FIND THESE THINGS THEY LOOK REALLY COOL I ALWAYS NEEDED SOMETHING TO KILL THEM!? — Matt, Cincinnati OH



Cicadas due in Maryland in May/June 2004

Date: Friday, Feb/6/2004

Message: Just to remind everyone that the cicadas will be in Maryland this year (2004), emerging sometime in May and lasting through June.I do not recall the last time they were here (in 1987) because I was living in Florida…but I was here the time before (in 1970) and I can remember them being ALL OVER the place.I confess that I am a little nervous about this invasion, and would consider leaving for a month, but my son is graduating this year…and of course it is in May and of course the ceremony is outdoors (rain or shine) ARGGGHHH!!! — Debi, Howard county, Maryland, USA


January 31, 2004

Cicada Comments from January 2004

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:10 am

how do cicadas get underground?

Date: Tuesday, Jan/27/2004

Message: I was told that cicadas live underground for 17 years then emerge only to reproduce. Then: How deep in the earth do they go? and how do they do this? — Maia Gil’Adi, Washington D.C.



Ugly Little Buggers

Date: Tuesday, Jan/20/2004

Message: I’m not looking forward to hearing their noise… or seeing their shells.. or watching them crawl.. not at all.. I hate their sound, their feet, their wings.. the ugly little things..Go away.. go away.. come again.. some other day! — Avis, Baltimore MD



dathaoheocon [AT] yahoo.com

Date: Sunday, Jan/18/2004

Message: cho chau hoi chu ve di dau vao mua nay a . Chau rat thich kham pha nhung chu ve . — dathao, vungtau



Cicadas…

Date: Tuesday, Jan/13/2004

Message: Why oh why did I ever move to the midwest? I will experience my first cicada swarm season this year.Oh, and whoever said there weren’t cicadas in Texas: I lived in San Antonio for three years and would beg to differ… Dang things kept me awake at night during the summer. — TJ, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA



Love your site, From London Ontario www.OntarioLondon.com

Date: Saturday, Jan/10/2004

Message: Love your site keep up the good work!
P.S London Ontario Site www.OntarioLondon.com
Classifieds, Personals, chat and more. — Rick, London Ontario Canada



Love the site www.OntarioLondon.com

Date: Saturday, Jan/10/2004

Message: Love your site keep up the good work!
P.S London Ontario Site www.OntarioLondon.com
Classifieds, Personals, chat and more. — Rick, London Ontario



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Date: Friday, Jan/9/2004

Message: I linked this site too — Natko Prosenikliev, Croatia



My cicada house

Date: Friday, Jan/9/2004

Message: I love them. I have them all arround a house, my summer house. I have even named my house Cicada house on www.tisnotour.com — Natko Prosenikliev, Croatia

December 31, 2003

Cicada Comments from December 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:08 am

Cicada

Date: Saturday, Dec/27/2003

Message: Late May 1970 … traveling on Interstate 74 (on the way to Indianapolis) several miles west of Porkopolis, aka Cincinnati, I encountered a Cicada swarm of huge proportion. The windshield oozed with Cicada drippings, the wipers failed, traction was lost and the car skidded, then spun out on the Cicada road slime into a mammoth pile of Cicada debris that had been plowed from the pavement by a Hamilton County Workhouse Cicada Control Unit. Fortunately I had enough beer to last until another Cicada Control road crew could dig me out. It will soon be Year of the Cicada 2004 ….. drive carefully. — Taras Bulba, Southern Ohio



None in Wales – I Think

Date: Saturday, Dec/27/2003

Message: In July/August 2002 we spent 4 wks on holiday on a caravan site in Tuscany, Italy.The whole time we were there, during when the sun was shining, we were subjected to the incessant noise these creatures make. I’ve only today discovered what they are. I’m very thankful we have none in Wales or the UK. Or if we have any, they are the quiet variety. — Jeff, Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK



I’m scared

Date: Thursday, Dec/25/2003

Message: Just thought I’d be the first to put up a message about Brood X before the anticipated 2004 breed, very interesting site. — Sausweet, Baltimore MD



DC Invasion!?

Date: Monday, Dec/8/2003

Message: Can someone give me the dates when these wretched things will be invading DC / MD area again and how far (geographically) their invasion reaches? I need to know how far away to move to avoid seeing them! — Ben, DC



What weeks will they be here next year?

Date: Saturday, Dec/6/2003

Message: What weeks will Brood 10 (The Washington DC area cicadas) be here in 2004? — Patty, Northern Virginia



Lotsand lots of cicadas

Date: Thursday, Dec/4/2003

Message: Here where I live we have so many cicadas on a really hot day the song of theres can get really annoying. My sister collects cicadas and she has apretty good collection. — Danni, Melbourne, Australia


November 30, 2003

Cicada Comments from November 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:06 am

cicada noise for Cristean Aust

Date: Sunday, Nov/30/2003

Message: move to texas they havent got them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — Guns galore, Texas



Swapping cicadas

Date: Friday, Nov/28/2003

Message: Hi i was just wondering if there is anyone out there from Asia who would like to swap cicadas for New Zealand species.
Of course anyone else from other countries as well who is interested could also leave me a message at nzcicada [AT] hotmail.com thanks
— Kees Green, Auckland, New Zealand



Cicada Brood X

Date: Monday, Nov/17/2003

Message: My boys age 5 and 7 are interested in taking our 2004 vacation to a state that is having a Cicada emergence in May of 2004.We want to experience seeing and hearing all those Cicadas. We do not have them in the Northwest.Any good suggestions of where we should go for the best emergence possible? Thank you, Deanna Russell at
deannar [AT] eocwa.com — Deanna Russell, Vancouver, Washington



Cicadas in Maryland

Date: Monday, Nov/17/2003

Message: I am just learning about these little creatures. Do these cicadas really have biblical significance? I read that the word cicada is not mentioned in the Bible unlike locust and grasshopper which appear repeatedly. Also, does anyone know when the cicadas are to appear in the D.C. metropolitan area? I live in Prince George’s County, MD. — Kristen, PG County MD



entomologists?

Date: Thursday, Nov/13/2003

Message: Just finishing up an undergrad entomology degree at Ohio State… was wondering if anybody here does research on cicadas? — Aaron, Columbus, OH



Latest Cicada of season?

Date: Wednesday, Nov/5/2003

Message: What is the latest day of the year you’ve seen/heard a live Cicada “in the wild” ?This year I heard one on November 3, the latest I can remember. It was warm and other insects were still active (Katydids, Preying Manti, Grasshoppers, etc). He sang in a bottomland forest near a river in the evening. His call was steady in pitch. Now it’s freezing so I don’t expect to hear Cicadas until next year.
— Eric, East Central Missouri



Life Histories

Date: Wednesday, Nov/5/2003

Message: I am beginning to collect life history data on cicadas. Right now I need information on Diceroprocta bibbyi, D. canescens, D. cinctifera, D. eugraphica Okanagodes terlingus, Tibicen chisoensis, T, druryi, T. Inauditus, and T. townsendi. johnne [AT] netjava.com — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas



Philosophical Cicadas

Date: Monday, Nov/3/2003

Message: Does anyone know which species of cicada live in Athens (to which Socrates refers in Plato’s Phaedrus simply as ‘tettix’), or where I might find this precise information? I hope someone out there can point me in the right direction. Thank you for your help.
— James, CA



cicada sighting

Date: Sunday, Nov/2/2003

Message: i saw cicada in the school play ground and two cicada shells and two cicadas no the tree near the ice cream shop — sami, toronto, ont


October 31, 2003

Cicada Comments from October 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:05 am

NZ Cicadas starting to emerge

Date: Sunday, Oct/26/2003

Message: I just thought I would let you guys no that the cicadas are starting to emerge here in New Zealand. So far i have caught Rhodopsalta leptomera, Kikihia muta aotea, Notopsalta sericea and have heard Kikihia cutora cutora, ochrina and i believe dugdalei. — Kees Green, New Zealand



Cicadas and insect classes

Date: Wednesday, Oct/22/2003

Message: I have not done any serious collecting this summer, but last weekend I taught the section on Insects for the Master Naturalists in Amarillo. I included 40 species of Cicadas when I talked about diversity in insects. Tibicen superba the Superb Cicada seemed out in abundance this summer in Borger, as every tree had two or three in it. Tibicen dorsata – the Grand Western Cicada was also out, but in smaller numbers.I need cicada specimens from the West. Anyone willing to trade? johnne [AT] netjava.com. — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas USA



Help with identification of this Cicada

Date: Monday, Oct/6/2003

Message: I need help to identify a Cicada. (I have a photo). It was found in south eastern Amazonia near Tucurui on the River Tocantins. — Liza Maria Veiga, Belem. Para State, Amazonia, Brazil


September 30, 2003

Cicada Comments from September 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:03 am

How many species?

Date: Saturday, Sep/27/2003

Message: If you know what is the exact # of species of cisadas? — none of yo beez wax, somewhere



What do you mean by cicadas are coming!?

Date: Saturday, Sep/27/2003

Message: Are they like taking over the world or something? — ?, ?



I caught a cicada!

Date: Saturday, Sep/27/2003

Message: I found a cicada on the grass in my yard today.I scooped it up in tuperwear and brought it inside.I was I went to ask.com to see what they eat and this site came up.I read a question asking will cicadas bite or sting?The answer was no, but they do pinch,scratch,and sometimes they lay eggs on you!Not like I would ever touch it.GROSS!!!!!Some one asked what they eat and the answer was a tree or something like that.The guy that answered said it was best to let it go.So when I’m done online I’m gonna open the tuperwear and RUN!!!!I hate bugs.I don’t know why but I wanted to keep it as a pet.No spiders though.I can’t even look at spiders!!! — what my name is, this planet



2004 CICADAS in Pigeon Forge?

Date: Saturday, Sep/27/2003

Message: Could anyone tell me if Pigeon Forge will be effected by the 2004 cicadas. I’m taking a girl scout troop there mid-June and am concerned about perhaps the emergence overpowering the trip since there are so many trees there.
— Julie, Cincinnati



CICADA SEASON

Date: Tuesday, Sep/23/2003

Message: I HAVE HEARD MANY COMMENTS ABOUT WHEN CICADA’S WILL BE HERE. IS IT 2003 OR 2004? I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL BUT NOT AS MANY AS I REMEMBER IN CINCINNATI OHIO THE LAST TIME IT TOOK PLACE. — MELISSA, HAMILTON, OHIO



CIcadas in September + 17-year emergence in 2004

Date: Sunday, Sep/21/2003

Message: Lots of cicadas still buzzing away here. Things got off to a late start due to the cool spring that we had. It’s doubtful that anyone reporting cicadas this late in the year are hearing Magicicada. They are normally the first ones out in any areaNext year, Brood X, probably the most widespread emergence, will be emerging around June 1st. Don’t miss it! If you happen to live in an emergence area, you won’t miss it! — MIke Frey, Lititz PA



Addition to previous

Date: Sunday, Sep/21/2003

Message: Sorry I forgot, my cicada resembles the last picture above — Kathleen, Mississauga, Ont, CA



Found a Cicada

Date: Sunday, Sep/21/2003

Message: I initially found this bug and thought that was not native to our country, upon contacting the U of T campus in Mississauga. I found out what it was.It was almost 2 inches long and it was dying, I kept it until itdentification and then let it go (dead). I was totally fasinated by this insect. — Kathleen, Mississauga, Ont, CA



My mom found one on her paper route!

Date: Saturday, Sep/20/2003

Message: My mother found a cicada on her clothes when she came home in the morning from her daily paper route. She put it in a paper bag and placed it in the trash and it crawled out and suprised my step father. My mother has lived here for 20 years and claims she has never seen themin florida, but in her previous home in Wisconsin she saw them. Do they not really come to florida because of the heat? — Heather & Patti, Ft. Myers FL



Cicada “shells” all over tree

Date: Saturday, Sep/20/2003

Message: While cleaning up after Hurricane Isabel, we found a tree with many cacada, but we are unsure if that is what they really are. — Zack, Wilmington, NC



Green Cicada

Date: Monday, Sep/15/2003

Message: I was sitting out in front of my office building and there I saw a green cicada dead on it’s back. It has been exactly 17 years since the first time ever exposed to them. — RSF, Mclean, Virginia right outside of DC



Tibiscen sp.

Date: Monday, Sep/15/2003

Message: Just picked one up off my patio, not sure of sp. Found him upside down but he’s still got a little life in him. Have him in the house now to show the kids tonight. Grew up on W. coast so never saw these growing up. My first introduction to them was actually in Okinawa (HUGE sp. like small sparrows!)Looking forward to brood X next spring. — Stacy, Odenton, Maryland



Re: Chicago early emergence?

Date: Sunday, Sep/14/2003

Message: I have not seen any, just the usual Tibicens but I believe I heard some Magicicada. In our maples along the street, there were some strange lower-pitched two-syllable calls amid the usual Tibicens “eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee”. I haven’t seen any bodies other than Tibicens (whether from die-off or the numerous cats and dogs in the neighborhood capturing them). — Shanda, West Dundee, IL



help help help

Date: Saturday, Sep/13/2003

Message: my mom found one of this lttle guy on my front porch we took it in the house and i made him a home this is the 1 night he spent here but i dont know if can set him free missing claws but he has his leg and i dont think he can fly he fly like he is drunk and i dont know if i should let him go — tim nichols, windsor ontario canada



Sightings/hearings

Date: Friday, Sep/12/2003

Message: Some activity here in west suburban Boston – exoskeletons found on vertical surfaces and some sporadic noise heard. Nothing like I heard or saw on the Cape years (17?) ago when there were hundreds of exoskeletons, constant noise (sounded like a flying saucer landing) and tips of pine tree branches were falling off the trees! — Warren Thompson, Bedford, MA



Melampsalta calliope

Date: Friday, Sep/12/2003

Message: Hi cicada people,I am in a research lab (see CicadaCentral) that is working mostly on one tribe of cicadas – the Cicadettini. These cicadas are found all over the world, but there are only two described species in North America – Melampsalta calliope and Melampsalta floridensis. These are very small (less than 1 inch including wings) green cicadas found in grassy fields in Central/Eastern NA. Does anyone out there have any recent specimens/photos/song recordings that they would be willing to trade? Any information on these cicads would be welcome! Please email me at cicada900 [AT] yahoo.com.auHappy cicada hunting! — Kathy, Storrs, CT



Nymph Shells

Date: Wednesday, Sep/10/2003

Message: We’ve seen nymph shells in our yard both last year and this year. They’re not in great quantities, so I assume they’re not the 17 year cicadas? What kind are these, and can I expect to see them each summer? They’ve come around in July and August of 02 and 03? — Barbara , Toms River, NJ



next circada cycle

Date: Wednesday, Sep/10/2003

Message: when is the next cycle for the circadas?They seem pretty loud in my neck of the woodsMike — mbgilbert [AT] aol.com, silver spring, maryland



The Current Cicada

Date: Wednesday, Sep/3/2003

Message: I just noticed the cicadas in my western Pennsylvania neighborhood recently. It seems late in the year for this; could it be due to the amount of rain that we have recieved this year? And, what type of cicada is this and at what interval do they return? Thanks, Wayne and Pat 9-3-03 — Wayne Cosentino, Avella, PA USA (western PA)



Out and About!

Date: Tuesday, Sep/2/2003

Message: For the past two weeks it has been excellent cicada viewing! Almost nightly I get to see little ones coming out of their shells and then big ones making the end of August music. Just beautiful! — Elizabeth, Chicago, IL



Cicada Killers

Date: Tuesday, Sep/2/2003

Message: It was quite an education learning about not only Cicadas, but those very impressive wasps that like to kill them. Those wasps get my respect. It has ben a very auditory summer. — Keith Brigode, Washington Lake, Michigan



Cicada Recorded for CD

Date: Tuesday, Sep/2/2003

Message: We make CDs of sound effects and recorded a daytime bug that might be a Cicada and need to know if it kind of makes the sound of rattlesnake in the trees. We have several recordings and just need to confirm that is the name of the bug. http://a1freesoundeffects.com — Bob Sound, Houston, Texas



17-year-cicadas in Maine?

Date: Monday, Sep/1/2003

Message: My daughter is planning a Maine wedding for August 2004. Will there be hordes of periodical cicadas there, as there will be here in Maryland? — Mary Jansiewicz, Baltimore, Maryland



Cicada remains

Date: Monday, Sep/1/2003

Message: I found this dead insect on my porch. Did anyone else find a cicada in MA? I thought they come around every 17 years — Diane, Melrose, MA


August 31, 2003

Cicada Comments from August 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 11:00 am

annoying cicada!!

Date: Sunday, Aug/31/2003

Message: I was outside playing softball,there was a cicada sitting on the tree above me. It started screaching really loud and wouldn’t stop! So I picked up a stick and hit the cicada,it flew off and came back in about 5 seconds. I hit it several more times and it never left, so I did. — Shelby, Parsons,Kansas



So that’s a Cicada!

Date: Sunday, Aug/31/2003

Message: I kept seeing these big flying bugs and was not sure what they were. Cicadas!! I came upon this site! Thanks, it’s fascinating. Now I know that they don’t bite or sting. I’ve always heard them but didn’t know what they looked like. I saw one on my back deck on it’s back and thought it was dead. I touched it very lightly and it didn’t move. I turned it over but it didn’t seem alive, so I got the broom and swept it off but when I did it made the noise and so I guess it was alive. I turned it over and let it stay there and the next morning it was gone. I’m kinda afraid of them because of their size, but I love them too! Do they sometimes sleep and appear dead?Thanks again! — Jan, suburban Atlanta



Cicada Season 2004??

Date: Saturday, Aug/30/2003

Message: I moved to the Greater Cincinnati area almost 2 years ago… they all tell me that NEXT summer(2004) is the cicada season but the research I’ve done indicates otherwise… that the season was actually 2002. What’s the deal? And just how bad is it going to be? I know they can’t hurt me but it sure sounds gross from the stories I hear… Tell me about it… — Rebecca, Covington, KY



they’re here!

Date: Tuesday, Aug/26/2003

Message: have seen several in the past few days . . . noisy little critters! — doreen, cincinnati, oh



Identified Tibicen Cicada

Date: Tuesday, Aug/26/2003

Message: We have identified this Cicada through the web. Is it native to Canada? We have never seen them before. They range up to three inches long (body). We are interested to know more about this new inhabitant of our back yard.Thanks! — Susan James, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada



Outside Wedding in June

Date: Tuesday, Aug/26/2003

Message: I am scheduled to get married outside in June 2004. Are the Cicada’s going to ruin it…..? Also I saw seven on my trees in the front yard today. (08/25/03) — Gwen, Cincinnati Ohio



Cicadas and Moles

Date: Tuesday, Aug/26/2003

Message: My neighborhood yards are overrun with moles. I have heard that when the cicadas emerge, as they are beginning to now in my neighborhood, the moles will die off. Does anyone know if there is any truth to this? — Judy, Cincinnati, Ohio



other name

Date: Monday, Aug/25/2003

Message: Do cicada also go by the name of Locus? — Troy, Chicago



cicada hatching

Date: Monday, Aug/25/2003

Message: saw one last night hatch on my dogwood. very interesting. also, watched a bee kill one. guess he stung it – all the while the cicada was buzzing – sad — nancey, gaithersburg, montgomery county, maryland



ew… I really don’t like bugs but.,..

Date: Monday, Aug/25/2003

Message: I know It can’t be helped. I hear them outside EVERY SUMMER, i can hear them going crazy outside now. I’ve decided to educate my self about them and I know that they will be here next summer. THe last time they were here was the year I was born (’87) and my parent’s horror stories of them being in blankets on cars and sidewalks are freaking me out. I want to know if there Is there any type of repellent you can put on to keep them from harassing you. They are pretty gross in my opinion so if you know of anything can you e-mail me so I can stock up :) thanks! darealfolkblues [AT] yahoo.com — Meagan, Randallstown, Baltimore Co, MD



cicada concerns

Date: Sunday, Aug/24/2003

Message: i bought a home in spring of 2002. we had a large swamp maple tree removed from our yard so we could put in a pool. around late july and august we found about a hundred or so holes in the ground and then cicada shells and cicads. now this august we found the same thing. my concern is that they will come up under the pool and eat thru the liner. i have found holes on the edge around the pool where they have come up and moved river rocks that are about two and a half inches in size.should i worry about them coming up thru my liner and that 7 or seventeen year myth i think is wrong. please help i am thinking about pesticides. — dan, yardville, nj



when’s the last time you’ve seen a cicada baby?

Date: Sunday, Aug/24/2003

Message: Just saw one outside my house. It was so cool sitting there all by its self. Then, all of a sudden, my dog, Gracie, ate that bitch. That was a phenomal moment to experience that. That’s It, Ice Rob — cicada baby, cashville,tn



Cicada Counds on CD?

Date: Saturday, Aug/23/2003

Message: Does anyone know of a cd for sale with cicada sounds on it? Trying to tape the sounds in my back yard to no avail.Several years ago I purchased a cd entitled “Frog Talk” which is the sounds of the springtime “peepers” — Karen, Greensburg, PA



Singing Cicadas

Date: Saturday, Aug/23/2003

Message: This is an auditory experience of about 20 years ago. I had occasion to camp out at the Prince William Forest Preserve in Virginia. At sundown, the whole forest came alive with the chirping of singing insects, millions of them everywhere! It took my breath away. Their chirp is somewhere between a cicada and a katydid. I am a musician and I had my flute with me. I had to play along with them. That improvised melody is now a perminent part of my repertoire. Does anybody know what these insects are? Is there a recording of them? Send any replies to the above address or tinasparty [AT] yahoo.com Thank You — Tina Andrus, 3 Madison St. Apt 3, Schenectady, NY, USA, 12305



Cicadas wings..

Date: Saturday, Aug/23/2003

Message: this last week, there have been a lot of Cicadas and inevetably my cats will get one… I try to rescue them but I got to one today and his wing was damaged. Will this heal? or should I just put him in a tree somewhere away from the cats?. Diana — Diana Howe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



“Cicadas and the City”

Date: Saturday, Aug/23/2003

Message: Apparently the 17 year cicadas are early! it took us a while to figure out what they were as the “nymphs” look like a cross between little crabs and ugly roaches. And the babies are going to start dropping from the trees?That’s pretty gross.They’re all over the Baltimore City Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus. — Todd, Baltimore, MD



arguement of Cicada’s stinging

Date: Friday, Aug/22/2003

Message: I have recently gotten into an argument whether cicada’s sting or not – I say they don’t – what is the real answer? — John, Columbus, Ohio



A cicada?

Date: Thursday, Aug/21/2003

Message: I came out to our pool the other day in the morning, and saw this large bug, which resembled a large fly, floating around. It was still living, so I got it out of the pool, and it moved very slowly. It was dark, probably black in color, and had clear webbed wings. Is it possibly a cicada in Southern NJ this time of year. Thanks for any info you can give me. ps it didn’t make any noise. — Melissa, Cherry Hill, NJ



found a LOT of cicada shells!

Date: Thursday, Aug/21/2003

Message: this morning my husband and i were walking to the car to go to work, and i looked down on the sidewalk and there was a shell and a foot away from it was an adult! it wasn’t completely dry and ready to fly, it was still kind of green and slow. i moved it off the sidewalk, where i was afraid it would get stepped on. the rest of the one block walk to the car we found 7 more shells. when we came home and walked on the opposite side of the street we found at least 10 more, all over the trees. i’ve never seen this many at one time. we found 2 or 3 last year in the same area. one tree had 5 on it that i could see. just found this website. i’ve loved cicadas ever since i was little. when i was a teenager i was lucky enough to see an adult emerge and dry in our backyard. it took hours and was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. — Melanie Wilson, Oak Park, IL



Yes it is a noisy night!

Date: Thursday, Aug/21/2003

Message: …I am used to hearing the cicadas in the morning. Strange this year, usually they come out late june early July…very late start this year and they are singing at night! Making up for lost time!!!! ;-)McKenzie — McKenzie, Bucks County



Very Noisy Bug at Night????

Date: Wednesday, Aug/20/2003

Message: Hoping that someone might help me identify the ‘bug’ around here lately which has been very noisy, it is much lounder than the common cricket, which I can still hear at night, the sound is a middle to high pitched sound similar to that of a cricket, sounds like it is coming from the trees in my back yard. Any information and perhaps sound link would be great, email to tmdelisle [AT] yahoo.com — Todd, Southbridge, MA



Cicada migrate?

Date: Saturday, Aug/16/2003

Message: Do cicada migrate? I remember hearing about a type of cicada that pays a visit to Arkansas every 7 years. I was wondering if that was even possible for these critters. — mickel, MA



large insect shell

Date: Friday, Aug/15/2003

Message: The other morning I found this shell of an insect. About five minutes later I saw a large camouflage looking insect with large wings. I was wondering what it could be and then it finally dawned on me that it was a Cicada. I didn’t expect them for another 4 years. But now I will be searching every night for more nymphs! Very interesting and exciting insects. — Katie, Lynwood, IL.



tonight a small one

Date: Friday, Aug/15/2003

Message: Tonigh I was sitting outside and a new “baby” cicada landed on my arm, I was so excited to finally see one again , as I have heard them all summer long here, but have not held one since I was a kid in texas. This is the first summer I can remember hearing them in minneapolis so I am glad to see this little guy, I took a few pictures as I am a photographer and then I let him go……. — jmcfadden, Minneapolis



Something wicked this way hums!

Date: Thursday, Aug/14/2003

Message: August 14, 2003. The trees are alive with the sound of music. It has been Seven Years since the last attack. They are Back! — Randy, Milltown, Middlesex County, New Jersey



cicada nymfs all over

Date: Wednesday, Aug/13/2003

Message: all night about 40 cicada nymfs covered one of my trees. i just watch turn into cicadas for while. it was cool , but long! — corey, marine IL



Dead and alive

Date: Wednesday, Aug/13/2003

Message: Just moved to Chino Valley,Arizona a few months ago.I asked around about the noise in the trees.They all said cicada’s.I love the sound!!! So country and summery.I found a dead one,and it rattled when I picked it up.I went to a neighbors tree,and saw one crawling backwards down the trunk,rattling every few seconds.I hope that they will be back next year too.Chino Valley is located 15 miles north of Prescott,Az.They’re loaded with them too!!! I’m glad that I decided to do some research to learn more about them.Some of the long time locals were also saying locusts or katydids.Now I can inform them with a not so,and show them the picture,and identification of a cicada.Thank you for the information, Katie — Katie Meyer, Chino Valley, Arizona U.S.A.



Cicada

Date: Monday, Aug/11/2003

Message: on August 2nd, my husband found our cat playing with a large brown bug. He put it in a flower pot so the cat couldn’t get it. Later he found it hatching. Turned out to be what he thought was a large green butterfly/moth. It just hung on the edge of the pot and was gone the next morning. Clemson Extension told me it was a Cicada. We’d had them in all our trees 2/3 years ago but never saw one, just heard them. We thought they only hatched every 17 years but Clemson says there are some that hatch every year. Wish I’d taken pictures of the hatching. — Jeannie Burton, Greenwoood,S.C.



Cicada “shells” in Toronto

Date: Sunday, Aug/10/2003

Message: Although as a kid I heard the Cicada “song” it wasn’t until last week that I overheard the neighbour say “Yuck! What is that?!”I went over and saw the skin of a cicada still clinging to the fence. The neighbour saw a TV special that night, coincidentally, on the Cicada…that’s how we found out what it was.A day later I found 8 or ten skins on the trunk of our 60 year old spruce tree.My wife won’t let me bring them in the house, so I am content to view photos of the wee beasties on the internet. — Harvey, Toronto, Canada



Rescued Cicada! Please Help!

Date: Sunday, Aug/10/2003

Message: Two days ago I found a cicada covered in fire ants. Thankfully the ants couldn’t break through his rough shell and he is fine. I know very little about cicadas except from the helpful info on this site. I believe he is a nymph, he is dark brown with no wings and looks very much like the cicada nymphs in photos.I tried to put him back in the tree, but he keeps falling back down to the ant-infested ground, so I have kept him in a plastic container with soil, branches and leaves, but he just keeps crawling –quite awkwardly– in circles. What should I do with him? Thanks for your help!~Heather — Heather Dearmon, South Carolina



where are the cicadas

Date: Saturday, Aug/9/2003

Message: has anyone in queens seen any cicada’s this year. this is the first time in 20 years that i haven’t seen them! where are they? — jerome rosovsky, whitestone, NY



We saw one! It tried to kill me!

Date: Saturday, Aug/9/2003

Message: It attached us today! We ran and ran ans ran until it finally lost track of us… we were scared but thankfully we are slick ones ;). Thank the Lord for quick feet! YAA HOOO! — Annie and Dani, In the backyard



Seen many cicadas around the yard, lately

Date: Saturday, Aug/9/2003

Message: The backyard has recently been abuzz with many cicada. I woke up this morning and found one of the beautiful creatures on the kitchen window. I remember these insects from my childhood. Do they emerge every summer or just every so years? They are really neat to see! — Amanda Vargo, Charlotte, NC



Cicada Sighting

Date: Friday, Aug/8/2003

Message: Found two cicadas within a 5 mile radius emerging from their shells around Winchester this week, in case anyone wants to know ..they’re heeere! — Leann, Winchester, IL



emergence of cicadas in baltimore

Date: Friday, Aug/8/2003

Message: what are the expected dates of emergence of cicadas in baltimore, 2004 we are planning a june 26 wedding — d kimmitt, baltimore maryland



How do cicadas get there eggs into the ground?

Date: Friday, Aug/8/2003

Message: How do cicadas get there eggs into the ground? — Kyle, Fayette, Al



Weird giant flyng insect

Date: Wednesday, Aug/6/2003

Message: My daughter and I were rollerblading in our apt complex. I was looking up at the sky and saw a giant bug flying very clumsely. At first I thought it was a june bug. I thought it’d be too late in the season for that. It had something hanging off of it, and it’s wings almost looked too small for it’s huge body. I guessed it was a cicada. It was a dark color. I’ve been seeing them occasionally lately. Sometimes it looks like two dragon flies stuck together, but it’s just one bug. I’m just curious what kind of cicada this would be if it is one. It had to be, it was huge. — Lisa, Milwaukee, WI, USA



Cicada Beanie

Date: Wednesday, Aug/6/2003

Message: I dropped by your site to find a picture of a cicada, to show a friend in CA who’d never seen one. I thought y’all would like to know that there’s a cicada beanie baby available:http://shop.store.yahoo.com/incrediblegifts/twitcictybea.html — Cobwebs, Manassas, VA



3 weeks so far

Date: Monday, Aug/4/2003

Message: I found a Cicada in Enfield, CT. 3 weeksago. They are still around. I caught one yesterday August 3rd. How long will they be here in CT.? What species are they? I heard they only last 3 days? Also, found alot of underground wasp mounds and tunnels. Mary Lou Enfield,CT. — Mary Lou Timura, Enfield, Connecticut



almost finished…….

Date: Monday, Aug/4/2003

Message: can we become overrun with these wasps? We use the back yard all the time. Or, want to anyway… Any HELP!!! would be appreciated!! — P Rathbone, still in Oneonta



continued.

Date: Monday, Aug/4/2003

Message: Boy are they freaky! But upon checking out what I can in the last few minutes before finding this site, it seems as though they (wasps) are pretty docile and “beneficial” according to the “wasp people”. My question is which could become more of a problem? I want to put my terror aside and leave the wasps alone if cicadas are REALLY destructive..but are they? (next post) — P Rathbone, Oneonta,NY



Don’t want to kill ANYONE, but…………

Date: Monday, Aug/4/2003

Message: I’ve been hearing cicadas lately and it reminds me of when I was a kid in Villanova,PA. We used to find the “shells” all over and hear them all the time. Loved it. Have not been inundated by them ever, but!- today my dog discovered what I’ve found out to be a “cicada killer wasp”! When I went over to see what it was I saw two more…(see next post)… — Patricia Rathbone, Oneonta NY



Are there cicadas in FL???

Date: Saturday, Aug/2/2003

Message: I just moved from MN to FL. I am very used to the constant buzzing of cicadas during a MN summer. Now that I am in FL, I am hearing a much louder buzzing, very similar to that of the sound in MN, but so much louder. It can actually be heard with windows shut, a/c on, and earplugs in while taking a nap. Are these cicadas, or some other type of insect. I have encountered so many strange new creatures down here…. — Danni, Melbourne



DACHSHUND DISCOVERED CICADA

Date: Saturday, Aug/2/2003

Message: Was quite taken by the HUGE bug my mini dachshund found on the walk in front of my house. I had never seen such a thing. I called and woke my mother at 6 in the morning and described the monstrous bug, she assured me it was a Cicada. WOW! — Lisa, Warren, Ohio


July 31, 2003

Cicada Comments from July 2003

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:57 am

Nymf Emergence

Date: Thursday, Jul/31/2003

Message: I’m trying to find out how long it takes for the nymf, once its out and on a tree to emerge. Kids found one hanging on a tree and we would like to get pictures of it coming out. Its been overnite now wondering if this process takes days like a cocoon. — Mike, NJ



3 more Cicada species join annual chorus in Southern Maryland

Date: Wednesday, Jul/30/2003

Message: The first Tibicen linnei of the year was heard in Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, Maryland on Friday, July 25 at 5:04pm (86 deg). The first Tibicen davisi of the season was heard in Ridge, St. Mary’s County, Maryland on Saturday, July 26 at 2:45pm (86 deg). And last but not least, our largest cicada in MD, Tibicen auletes was also heard on Saturday, July 26 at 8:23pm (81 deg) for the first time this season in Ridge. Everyone is now present and accounted for as far as the cicada fauna of Southern Maryland is concerned. (Even though auletes and davisi are about 4 weeks later than normal.) We currently have 7 species calling: N. hieroglyphica, T. auletes, T. chloromerus, T. davisi, T.linnei, T. lyricen and T. robinsonianus. — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Maryland



3 more Cicada species join annual chorus in Southern Maryland

Date: Wednesday, Jul/30/2003

Message: The first Tibicen linnei of the year was heard in Leonardtown, St. Mary’s County, Maryland on Friday, July 25 at 5:04pm (86 deg). The first Tibicen davisi of the season was heard in Ridge, St. Mary’s County, Maryland on Saturday, July 26 at 2:45pm (86 deg). And last but not least, our largest cicada in MD, Tibicen auletes was also heard on Staurday, July 26 at 8:23pm (81 deg) for the first time this season. Everyone is now present and accounted for as far as the cicada fauna of Southern Maryland is concerned. (Even though auletes and davisi are about 4 weeks later than normal.) We currently have 7 species calling: N. hieroglyphica, T. auletes, T. chloromerus, T. davisi, T.linnei, T. lyricen and T. robinsonianus. — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Maryland



Cicada Killing Bees

Date: Monday, Jul/28/2003

Message: I have about 200 of them flying around in my yard. They will be here two more weeks. — Donna, LaCrosse, Wi



Live Giant Cicada

Date: Monday, Jul/28/2003

Message: Just found one today, 28 July 03 — James, Charleston, South Carolina

i was wondering

Date: Friday, Jul/25/2003

Message: are there Cicada’s in michigan..?
and if so do they build nest under the ground..?
at my boyfriends house out by there one barn (he lives on a farm) there are bricks ont he ground by the service door and there are id say about 20-25 hold in the ground and large bee looking bugs coming in and out of them mvoing dirt and such..! they look sorta like the pictures i’ve seen of the Cicada’s/..? if not would anyone know of another bee/bug that looks like the Cicada does..? thanks for any help…
michelle
chellibelli20 [AT] comcast.com — michelle, flint,mi,



Cicada Killing Bees

Date: Thursday, Jul/24/2003

Message: Hi!
CKB’s have been visiting my yard since July of 1998. They are big, here by the hundreds, non agressive, dig holes, swarm in the heat of the day and leave in mid August.I have seen them carrying a Cicada bigger than they are and dragging it into the hole the bee has prepared. They are fasinating to watch. It is amazing how they have stayed in my yard and not gone into my neighbors yard,(for which they are grateful) even where the land come together and there is nothing to stop them from going there. I guess I am the choosen one!!!When they first appeared, I was frightened of them and knew nothing about them. I had them treated by a Professional exterminator which cost $150 and it did not faze them.The only down side, besides scaring the daylights out of those who do not know about them, is the dirt piles they leave, that become bare spots in my lawn. Areas where they have dug before, seen to have recovered nicely though.Anyone wanting info, may contact me at: MadonnaMa [AT] aol.comDonna — Donna, La Crosse, Wisconsin



First Day of Abundance for Tibicen chloromerus in Southern Maryland

Date: Tuesday, Jul/22/2003

Message: Even though T. chloromerus and lyricen have been calling sporadically since July 5, it wasn’t until today they hit there normal calling peak. Driving to work this morning, I heard numerous T. chloromerus calling from the trees that lined the road for the first time this season. This event I call the First Day of Abundance usually occurs on or near the 4th of July! So, the cicadas still seem to be stuck in a three week time warp. Tibicen davisi, linnei and auletes have yet to begin calling! However Neocicada hieroglyphica has been more abundant this year and been heard calling from more localities than in the previous 8 years of recording cicada calls in this area. T. robinsonianus has begun calling in a few localities, but is not common. — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Maryland



Donating blood to capture Neocicadas

Date: Tuesday, Jul/22/2003

Message: Last Sunday, Wil Hersberger and his wife Donna, came down to Southern Maryland to get a photo of a live Neocicada hieroglyphica for a book project Wil is working on. For the past 8 years, a local population has been regularly calling near where I live. The only Neocicada I have ever been able to capture however, involved falling from the tree it was in and scrapping my leg in the process. I did capture him even though one of his wings was damaged. So when Wil asked to come down to capture a live Neocicada to photograph, I wasn’t quite sure we would have any luck. Needless to say, the local population picked this year to stop calling! Luckily, 2 days before Wil arrived I began to hear loud choruses of Neocicada on a local navy base. We decided to try this site first. The Neocicada were very abundant, but seemed to be calling from high up in the trees. Chestnut Oak seemed to be the dominant tree species in each woodlot we heard the cicadas. Luckily we captured our first male on a small black cherry tree about 10 feet off the ground. We noticed that when the Neocicada choruses get going, they seem to pulsate as a group in a strange sounding chorus. We also observed that the captured male acted more like a horsefly than a cicada as it flew around in its cage. They also seemed to be calling everywhere, but were very hard to actually locate. Each male that was low enough for us to attempt to catch, seemed to evade capture at the last second. We tried a second site, and out of sheer luck I threw my insect net up about 20 feet along the side of a chestnut oak and it hit the tree 6 inches above a calling male! He flew straight into the net as it fell to the ground, screaming all the way down. I couldn’t believe our luck! I think Wil was as shocked as I was! We were getting a little frustrated at our luck up to this point. Our third capture involved the blood shedding. As I climbed to attempt to capture our third calling male, I actually grabbed it with my bare hands out of frustration (too many branches prevented the use of a net), just before I fell down from the tree, scrapping my leg in the process! So there I stood, bleeding but elated that I had captured another Neocicada! I just wanted to relate that story, because most of the other species of annual cicadas come quite easily to lights, but Neocicada has been quite a challenge to capture. Wil took some great shots of the 3 males and you can view one of them at www.natureimagesandsounds.com/NH.html. I just wanted everyone to know there was a story behind that picture! — John Z, Mid-Atlantic Cicadas, Southern Maryland



bugs

Date: Tuesday, Jul/22/2003

Message: One of my favorite bugs as a kid, I always look forward to their song in the summer. This seems to be a good year.
The photos are great. I’ve never seen pictures of multiples marching along!
20 some years ago, when I was in an old-time band, we played at some festival in Ohio (?) where there were thousands in the woods. The chorus was so loud and they would land on you as you walked around. It was like the best of childhood – except I was an adult and the ‘girls’ were more interesting… and interested! But somehow, they still weren’t impressed when you had a bug on your shirt. sigh
Thanks for the great site — jd, atlanta



Do cicadas bite?

Date: Sunday, Jul/20/2003

Message: I had a dark tree leaf green cicada land on my shorts (which were the same color), I showed my dad the two almost fang-like holes in my thigh. I didn’t think that they bite. Maybe it was a spider. This particular cicada was about 1.3 inches and it wasn’t moving very fast. It was scary.7-20-93 — christian, Chicago



!!!!!!——–HELP!——–!!!!!!

Date: Friday, Jul/18/2003

Message: Does anyone know where I can find pictures really good pictures of cicadas with their wings spread open? I am trying to find more cicada photos like the ones found at www.thais.it/entomologia/I can’t find good photots on a solid white background.
Does anyone have any advice for websites?
thanks,
V.
**** My email address: valenniansky [AT] hotmail.com **** — Valennia, NYC



!!!!!!——–HELP!——–!!!!!!

Date: Friday, Jul/18/2003

Message: Does anyone know where I can find pictures really good pictures of cicadas with their wings spread open? I am trying to find more cicada photos like the ones found at www.thais.it/entomologia/I can’t find good photots on a solid white background.
Does anyone have any advice for websites?
thanks,
V. — Valennia, NYC



N. Calif. cicada

Date: Tuesday, Jul/15/2003

Message: Re my previous message: I have measured another cicada here and it has a 1″ black body with touches of orange, and 1″ wings. The mark on its back is an half-circle of 4 orange dots. Its eyes are dark gray-green. -G — G, Alturas, Modoc Co., Calif.



Cicada Sighting

Date: Monday, Jul/14/2003

Message: Heard the cicadas in the trees the last few days. Finally saw one today on a hammock on our porch. Never saw any emerging from the ground.My last sighting of cicadas – 1968 at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Thousands. — John Dagg, Newhall, California



N. Calif. cicadas

Date: Monday, Jul/14/2003

Message: Site: Alturas, in Modoc Co., Calif. (close to Oreg. and Nev.) I grew up in Austin, Tex. with cicadas lulling every summer away with their rising-falling chorus as background music. We would see a few shells, see only a few adults. Same here in N. California. They’ve been singing for several weeks. And making very damaging slits (for eggs) in many new branches of our young apple, pear, cherry, and aspen trees. Cicadas, like so many things, are best if they remain in the background. But what can we do, we’re all in this life together. I would like to know the name of “our” Tibicen cicadas here. The ones I’ve seen have black eyes and black bodies with touches of orange (thin stripe across the back, and on some joints.) The one I measured had a body 3/4″ long, and wings 3/4″ long. Thanks, -G — G, Alturas, Modoc Co., CA



A big thanks to John Zyla

Date: Monday, Jul/14/2003

Message: This past weekend John was kind enough to lead me around to find some Neocicada hieroglyphicas. We were successful in capturing a few so that I could get some nice photos of a book project. John was great and I am certain that he will post a log of the days events :)
Please check out the photo of N. hieroglyphica here:
[url]http://www.natureimagesandsounds.com/NH.html[/url]
— Wil Hershberger, Hedgesville, WV



Re:Cicadas in Fields? Next year’s brood X during our wedding.

Date: Monday, Jul/14/2003

Message: Mike,
If the field was wooded 17 years ago, or there are wooded areas near by, you might have unexpected guests. Good luck,
Wil — Wil Hershberger, Hedgesville, WV



Need help identifying if this prehistoric looking creature is a cicada?

Date: Wednesday, Jul/9/2003

Message: We found a dying ‘creature’ outside that many of my friends have identified as cicada. We are currently experiencing flood levels and are wondering if he was carried in by the storms. I have yet to find a picture of it on the web. It is approximately 4.5 inches long and resembles cicada with the body,legs,wings, and eyes, and has some mean looking mandibles. Anyone want to view a picture of it, please email me. mmjjdd [AT] email.com. Thanks. — MD, Sidney, Ohio



Strange Creature in the Ground!!!

Date: Wednesday, Jul/9/2003

Message: The other day my kids saw a 1/2″ to 1″ hole in the ground outside our apartment. My daughter saw what she thought was a worm inside the hole. I told her to leave it alone because we didn’t know what it was. The next day we knew it was not a worm. The ‘creature’ was near the top of the hole & I could see what looked like a beak & a beady eye looking out, & two ‘hooks’ with ‘claws’ under the ‘beak’ and eye. It looked strange, and we (our neighbor & I) didn’t know what it was. A braver child from the complex dug it up & we saw that it had a shell like an armadillo (sp). I remembered seeing a shell like that on an episode of CSI & that it could be a cicada. It didn’t make it, though; it died. After spotting that, I did some research & learned more about the cicada. Since that hole appeared (about 2 weeks ago) we have found about 7 more holes. I do not remember seeing these holes or cicada shells (we found one of those this morning) the last four years we have been here, & I see that the next brood is not supposed to be around here (Kentucky) until next year. Is it likely that there can be that many “pioneers” the year before? And aren’t they emerging late in the season? (We have had a very very wet spring this year – near-record; & now it is very very dry…). Just curious! cecilre [AT] yahoo.com — Becky Cecil, Lexington, Kentucky



Annual Cicada season in Southern Maryland off to a slow start

Date: Wednesday, Jul/9/2003

Message: Although Tibicen chloromerus (Morning Cicada) and Tibicen lyricen (Lyric Cicada) both began calling on July 4th, (their latest start in 8 years) they are still sporadic and haven’t begun their normal abundant calling yet. T. chloromerus is calling sporadically during the morning hours, N. hieroglyphica is still calling during the mid-day into evening and T. lyricen finishes out by calling near dusk. Tibicen davisi, linnei and robinsonianus have not been heard so far this season in Southern Maryland. — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Maryland



Cicadas in Fields? Next year’s brood X during our wedding.

Date: Tuesday, Jul/8/2003

Message: My fiancee is concerned about our outdoor wedding next year on May 30th. It’s about 30 miles north of Baltimore. From what I’ve read on the boards here, that will be right in the middle of Brood X’s next coming out party. Cicada’s typically come out in the woods, correct? So if our reception is in a field (near the water), we shouldn’t have a large amount, right? Any help would be appreciated. — Mike, Bel Air, MD



Followup on early emergence in Chicago

Date: Monday, Jul/7/2003

Message: Early last month I saw hundreds (perhaps thousands) emerge from my yard and the immediate vicinity over a 2 week period. I saw birds get most of them every morning. Apparently, they got all of them or something else did because I never heard any singing in the trees and I don’t see any mature ones anywhere now. Strange. — Ken, La Grange, IL



Cicada singing today, never heard here before

Date: Sunday, Jul/6/2003

Message: I grew up in Phoenix AZ and know what a Cicada sounds like so when I heard one today in my Dogwood in Portland Oregon I was mystified. Not only did I hear it I walked right up to the tree and could see it. Too high to grab and photo but I could clearly see it. I have lived here eighteen years and have never heard Cicadas before. I thought I heard one last year but decided I was crazy. — LeeAnne, Portland Oregon



To Michael and his Mom

Date: Friday, Jul/4/2003

Message: We only heard the cicadas singing for about a week maybe a week and a half. I haven’t heard any for a while now. I think the birds feasted on them until they were gone. We had flocks of seagulls all over our neighborhood that came just to eat them. When they couldn’t find them on the ground they would fly and brush the branches of the trees with their wings to knock some out of the trees. It was fascinating to watch. The seagulls are gone now. As far as I know we have not had any mosquito spraying in our village. — Sue, Flossmoor, IL



Southern Maryland Annual Cicada Season Starts, Sort Of…

Date: Thursday, Jul/3/2003

Message: The first annual cicada for the season was heard last Saturday, June 28 in Saint Mary’s County, Maryland. A male Neocicada heiroglyphica, a “July Screamer” was heard calling at 11:36am in Hollywood, MD (it was 76 degrees). This is almost 3 weeks later than normal over the last few years. As of today, July 3 no Tibicen chloromerus, davisi or lyricen has been heard yet. This is the latest in the season for the last eight years for all three species. This is two weeks later than normal so far… — John Z, Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic, Southern Maryland



Early June Emergence

Date: Thursday, Jul/3/2003

Message: My Son and I had the joy of seeing many cicadas early this last June. We brought some indoors and stayed up till 1am watching them transform. In the morning we let them go. A few of them could not seem to fully pull them out of their shell. Since I knew they would die anyway, we fed them to our lizard. One seemed perfectly fine but the wings never unfurled and hardened all curled up. The rest were all healthy and happy and sent on their way. We had a great time and found ALOT. The best time was right after sundown. You could walk down the sidewalk and see them cross the sidewalk, heading for a tree. Many climbed into my sons fort and up our shed wall. The weird thing is, it is now early July. I have not yet heard any “singing”, and we thought we would have by now, especially since we saw so many. Could the mosquito spraying our city has been doing effected them? — Michael and his Mom, Lombard, IL



Cicada sightings, or should I say, soundings.

Date: Wednesday, Jul/2/2003

Message: Hi,Just recently I have been hearing and seeing a number of cicadas in my neighborhood. I don’t recall having ever seen them in this area and I’ve been living here since 1961. Are they indigenous to the region, freshly introduced, and/or of a transient nature. I wasn’t sure about them so I caught one in a jar. I figured if it was the beginnning of a stoppable plague, why not stop it. Now that I see that these are not the only ones and that they’ve been seen here before, I’ll let him go.BW — Brian W, West San Fernando Valley, CA



Never seen before

Date: Wednesday, Jul/2/2003

Message: My husband and I live in las vegas Nevead and saw this thing on our patio. We had no idea what it was. So we got on the net to find out what it is. Where do they come from and does it migrate. We have never seen nor heard of this thing. Please let us know. — chezerrae kaiser, Las vegas, NV


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