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August 30, 2002

Cicada Comments from August 2002

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:29 am

IT’S INPORTAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Saturday, Aug/31/2002

Message: I have a homework assigment heres the question: Insects called cicadas spend moast of there lives underground. Many come above ground nley every 13 or17 yrs. In North Ameica people call 13 & 17 locusts. 12 14 or 16 year locusts?
EMail me at erinleigh [AT] attbi.com
Thanks — Erinleigh, Helena MT USA



JZ responds to Rebecca from VA

Date: Saturday, Aug/31/2002

Message: The three little dots on the cicadas head are actually eyes called “ocelli”. They are only sensative enough to be able to distinguish between light and dark. It is believed that they assist the insect to distinguish shapes and large objects while in flight. — John Z, Maryland



Thank you

Date: Friday, Aug/30/2002

Message: We found a cicada and were able to watch and video tape its coming-out-party. Our fourth grade daughter was able to take it to school today with the video tape to share with her classmates. I printed out your frequently asked questions and sent it with her as well. You do a great job with answering the questions and adding some good humor. We thoroughly enjoyed your web page. Thank you. — Gale , Illinois



? what are the bindi like features on a cicada’s head?

Date: Thursday, Aug/29/2002

Message: In Fredricksburg VA cicadas are dropping out of the trees…well like flies. I’ve seen hundreds, and I’m curious as to what the 3 small copper colored shiny dots are between the insects eyes. I couldn’t find an answer at the library.
— Rebecca, Virginia



T. linnei now abundant in the evenings

Date: Tuesday, Aug/27/2002

Message: Over the last week, the transition of T. lyricen being the dominant caller in the evenings to T. linnei as the dominant calling species has taken place here in Southern Maryland. Also of note, T. chloromera has been calling more this year in the afternoon and into the evenings than compared to the past few years. My guess: the very high humidity and continuous high temperatures (many 90 deg days) starting in the early morning hours. Whenever a cold front comes through and the temps get cooler, that evening and the following morning chloromera doesn’t call. — John, Maryland



Australian cicada website

Date: Tuesday, Aug/27/2002

Message: Hi. I’m based at the University of Queensland. This is a comprehensive site with information on Australian cicadas, images, sounds, links etc.Enjoy!www.zen.uq.edu.au/entomology — Lindsay, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia



Looking for their husks

Date: Monday, Aug/26/2002

Message: Great sight! I am an artist in RI and have for the past two years been collecting the husks of the cicada- this year I have found over 200 – I am interested in making a sculpture with them- if anyone would like to collect these husks and send them to me along with your thoughts on the insect I would be very happy– my address is
11 Job st.
Providence RI 02904 Thanks Pat — P Bennett, Providence, RI



The Cicada killer wasps

Date: Sunday, Aug/25/2002

Message: The Cicada Killer Wasps have take over my hill…I havn’t seen a cicada in months and the wasps are scaring me…Send help and exterminater — not telling, I’m near boston,MA



What brood would be emerging in MA this year?

Date: Saturday, Aug/24/2002

Message: We’ve found evidence of cicadas outside our workplace in Burlington, MA, and it started me to look into them. I see that they cycle in “broods”. What brood would be appearing in Massachusetts in August, 2002? — Kim Avery, Chelmsford, MA, USA



Found One!

Date: Friday, Aug/23/2002

Message: Hi there,Out in the park with the kids and found this massive bug, a bit wounded, struggling through the grass. I am pretty sure that it is a Tibicen Auletes, does this make sense? Dark green, brown and black markings that I must say look extremely cool. It’s underside has what looks like a white dusting surrounding dark brown/black and green; legs are light green.Send me some info as the kids and I are nursing this critter back to health in a box. What do they eat? I am assuming leaves and grass.thanks,rod — rod cohen, Toronto, Ontario, Canada



cicada found

Date: Friday, Aug/23/2002

Message: We found a live cicada.MY first graders and I had already talked about them. We brought him into the classroom,thought he was dead, but twice he began to sing, but he looks dead, wont move. Was he dying when we heard him? We all felt sorry for him. We want some info for 1st graders. — linda moore, Wilson N.C.



Cicadas and hot weather

Date: Friday, Aug/23/2002

Message: So far I have found it to be true that cicadas singing in the morning is consistent with hot weather. Some cicadas, Tibicen chloromera and T. lyricen in particular, love the hot mid-afternoon hours for singing, and if the morning is really hot, they will often get an early start. On the other hand, if it is cool and/or cloudy in the morning, they will usually wait until it heats up to start calling. — Nick., Cicadas of Arkansas



Answering questions

Date: Friday, Aug/23/2002

Message: Hello everyone,I’ve been asked to assist Dan in answering your questions on this board. Since Dan will be unavailble for at least another week, please feel free to forward your questions to me at les_daniels [AT] yahoo.comI’ll do my best to answer your questions as quickly as possible.Les — Les Daniels, Fremont, Ohio U.S.A.



Gonna be a hot one

Date: Thursday, Aug/22/2002

Message: Is it true that if you hear cicadas in the morning that means it’s going to be a really hot day? Thats what I heard as a kid and it seems to be true — Al, New Jersey



Dog is eating cicadas

Date: Thursday, Aug/22/2002

Message: My dog is chasing and eating the cicadas in our back yard. It is disgusting!!! — Barb, Washington, DC



Relationship of “Singing” and Temperature?

Date: Thursday, Aug/22/2002

Message: The frequency and tone of their calls is related to the temperature, and the time of day. What exactly is the relationship? What temperature does it have to be?thanks
george
— George Boccanfuso, Sarnia Ontario Canada



cicadas and drought

Date: Thursday, Aug/22/2002

Message: can cicadas appear early because of drought conditions — jesse einstein, potomac md



CICADAS UNDER MY DECK

Date: Wednesday, Aug/21/2002

Message: THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS I HAVE BEEN SEEING THESE THINGS FLYING AROUND MY YARD . AT FIRST I THOUGHT THEY WERE HUGE BEES UNTIL I TALKED TO A FRIEND OF MINE WHO IS IN PEST CONTROL.I HAVE HOLES ALL OVER THE YARD BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THEY TUNNELED UNDER MY DECK.I HAVE SEEN 2 FEMALES GOING IN AND OUT.SO TONIGHT I DUG UP AROUND THE DECK AND I MUST PICKED UP 100 OF THESE THINGS.ALL WERE THE GREEN COLOR BUNCHED IN 2s AND 3s . ALSO I FOUND TWO EGGS THAT WERE ABOUT 1 INCH LONG WITH A WHITE NYMPH INSIDE DON’T KNOW IF THEY ARE CICADAS OR NOT. — JOE LEH, BERKS COUNTY , PA



Found two!

Date: Wednesday, Aug/21/2002

Message: I’ve always heard them around, but never seen a live one, until today. There was a male on the street light pole outside my house. He was making his racket, and then a female arrived at the same pole. — Kenneth Tucky, Ontario



New Cicada Enthusiast !!!

Date: Wednesday, Aug/21/2002

Message: Hey Everyone,
I’ve recently become amazed with cicadas. I’m learning so many cool new facts. Unfortunitly I haven’t seen a real live one. So if anyone has any tips on finding one please email me at karej429 [AT] hotmail.com.
Thanks!
& Good Luck πŸ™‚ — Kary Johanesen, New Jersey



Live Adult Cicada Found

Date: Tuesday, Aug/20/2002

Message: I found a live adult cicada this morning on the front stoop of our laboratory building. I live and work in the Catskill Mountain area of NY for a water supply reservoir. The area is rocky & forrested mostly white pine, and hardwoods.
There was a trace of rainfall on the morning I found it. I found it 8/20/02 at 10:00 a.m. — Jeff Helmuth, P.E., Shokan, NY (Ulster County)



please answer

Date: Tuesday, Aug/20/2002

Message: for a project i need 5 interesting facts about cicadas…. has anyone got any good ones???? please email me at fairydust8000 [AT] hotmail.com thankyou — katie, australia



is the 17 year cicadas here?

Date: Monday, Aug/19/2002

Message: i remember i think it was in 1985, my son was about 14. he was mowing the back yard and these cicadas were atacking him, he wore a football hat and was trying to run from them. i was driving down the street and they would fly inside the car while i was driving!!
was wondering if this year is when they will be like then? not sure of the year. it was either 1985 or 1986.
thank you,
paula jane — paula jane, dayton, ohio



cicada

Date: Monday, Aug/19/2002

Message: I have so many cicadas in my yard it is driving me crazy what can i do? I have alot of black ones and i saw one green one. i want to spray. i had a tree company come out because they are every where Help!!!! — jill, bloomfield, michigan



Response ….

Date: Sunday, Aug/18/2002

Message: Response to:
slakers up in the piece!
Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002Message: do you guys ever answer these questions — Penis, State of the Crabs….
They’re on vacation from July 31 till Sept.. read the front page of the website!
— WebPageReader, PA



Cicadas everywhereeeeeee…..

Date: Saturday, Aug/17/2002

Message: There are hundreds of cicadas in the trees near my house and I need to catch one for a Zoology project for school next year; thing is, they are too fast! I was so close to cathing one, nevermind being deafened by the buzzing noise and it flew off before I could capture it…anyone know a good way to capture a cicada?Adema3496 [AT] aol.com — Candyce, Baltimore, Maryland



All the cicadas live in my yard!

Date: Saturday, Aug/17/2002

Message: When I see these bugs…I want to be sick! They are sooo huge…what is their purpose? I saw a little finch fighting one, even the birds think they’re sick! When I go out at night, they find me! I think they like me, kind of like a person who hates cats and the cat rubs on that persons leg. I was in my basement, ironing and there was one attracted to the light (I just came in because one kept flying around my porch.) This second one, kept bagging into the slotted window of the door (no screen). So I went to close the window so it was open just a crack and a few minutes later that bug came flying through the teeny-tiny opening, like a freaking bat out of hell! NO LIE! I screamed like a banshee! Poking around for a few minutes with no luck I went back to my ironing–Low and behold a couple of minutes later who comes crawling up from underneath the ironing board, but this nucluear sized fly! I almost DIED. Well, I found a mason jar and screamed for my husband, he took it and put it outside the other basement door and he could not close the door fast enough the determined disgusting bug flew in before the door shut. Well, that bug, unfortunatly lost. To say the least we have many more. What do the females look like? Kruzen [AT] aol.com put cicada in the memo area. — Lisa, Northern Chester County



Is it dead?

Date: Friday, Aug/16/2002

Message: We saw a big cicada at work today on the outside stairs. It was just sitting there on the ground. We thought is was dead so we poked it.
It started to crawl a bit.
I think it’s still out there.
Is it dying?
— Anna & Angie, Canada



Large amounts of Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Aug/15/2002

Message: Have lived in the Bucks County, PA area for 13 years and by far this year in Washington Crossing there is an abundance of cicadas everywhere! Mayb the drought conditions have brought morre out than usual? — Carole D., Washington Crossings, PA



Cicada Killer Wasps

Date: Thursday, Aug/15/2002

Message: I was very surprised when walking to the subway to see this huge “mutant” thing carrying another large bug. I stopped in shock. Well now I’m calmer as I have identified it as a Cicada Killer Wasp (or at least I think I’m calmer!) Anyone else every see these in Brooklyn? — Amanda, Brooklyn, NY



Cicada picture

Date: Thursday, Aug/15/2002

Message: I have a pretty good picture of a cicada I’d like to send you.Thanks. ronoquinn [AT] comcast.com — Ron O’Quinn, Ladson, S.C.



Tyler from PA

Date: Thursday, Aug/15/2002

Message: Give your email address and I’ll tell you what I can about keeping cicadas alive. Or just send me an email and I’ll send a reply that way. Mine is stnick127 [AT] collegeclub.com. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas


Dog Day Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: Wow — is it hot in Jersey. Plenty of Tibicens too. — Dan (Cicada Expert!), NewJersey



Raising Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: I’ve always been interested in catching bugs. It all started with catching Japanese beetles in my grape vines. When I first saw a cicada shell, my friends said that is was locust shell. That was in 1999. I didn’t see one untill this summer. I found them all over the place! Every tree I looked on had them. Finding them has became my hobby. One time when I found a shell it seemed a little heavy. I couldn’t belive it! It was a live locust! I tried to raise it, but some of the mean bully kids squashed it. I was so sad that day. A week later, I found another live one. It got away. The next day, I acually caut one. I have it in a jar as I’m typing this. I want to know how to raise and take care of one. I hope you have some info! Oh, and thanks to this site I know that it’s a cicada. Hope your vacation was fun!!! — Tyler Marini, Greenville, PA



Attention: Brian J. Prichard

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: Brian, please contact me at my email of les_daniels [AT] yahoo.comIt is important and I’m hoping you can help. You’re original email I have in my address book is no longer valid. Thanks – Les — Les Daniels, Fremont, Ohio U.S.A.



2nd sighting of cicada

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: last night my co-workers and i had a cicada in the breakroom this was the 2nd time we had come in contact with it. the first time we saw it, our female employees claimed that it was attacking them. (it was just flying around and they were in it’s way) — ken, Cleveland,Ohio



Found a stange bug

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: We think we found a cicada in our front yard but we aren’t sure. We’ve never seen one here before but we just visited Chicago & learned about them. Why are we now seeing them here? — Nancy, Meghan & Emilie, Royal Oak, MI 48073



Definately not Giant Ticks

Date: Wednesday, Aug/14/2002

Message: We started seeing these strange exoskelletons on the trees outside our house and were very curious as to what they were. I jokeingly said they must have been giant ticks, and my wife thought they must be locusts. I never saw what came out of them untill the other night when I went out to walk the dog and found one drying it’s wings. I promptly ran inside and and got the digital to take some pictures and got some real doozies. At this point I thought they might be cicadas but I had to be sure. After a bit of research, I came upon this site and it proved what the beautiful green bug with the glassy wings was. I am so excited and hope I get to see more. Is there a season for these in New Jersey? and if so, When can I expect them. Also, what kind are these bright green ones and are they on this 17 year cycle I keep hearing about? Please e-mail me with any information at ltockman4 [AT] hotmail.com. Thanks and I appreaciate any info anyone can give me. — Lee Tockman, Princeton NJ



sighting

Date: Tuesday, Aug/13/2002

Message: Got to see my first Cicada last week. Really neat. — Marilyn, Gardiner, Maine



male or female

Date: Tuesday, Aug/13/2002

Message: how do u know if a cicada is amale or female? — dude, whitby ontario canada



Silver Spring and Brooklyn Cicadas

Date: Monday, Aug/12/2002

Message: David,
I’m from Silver Spring. The 17 year cicadas will be back there in 2004, but you have other cicadas every summer. Does anyone know if there any cicadas in Manhattan? — Margaret , Brooklyn



Re:Killer Wasps

Date: Monday, Aug/12/2002

Message: I know what you mean about having them all over your lawn! I have them so bad, you can’t even walk outfront. They have come after us(my husband & I) and after my dogs. I guess they are protecting their nests, but still. We too have tried everything, the only thing that works is cool weather. We had a few days of nice temps, and we did not see one!! I can’t wait til fall!!! Then, we are going to try & kill the larve in the holes. The strange part, we never ever hear ciadas around!!! Go figure! I can’t help w/info on killing cicads, I don’t think that is the answer. You can call an exterminator, they can treat the lawn, but it’s coslty & you may need several treatments. Good luck!!! — B, PA



i just now at age 37 held my first live cicada

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: a neighbor was over and happened to see it clinging to a tree in the yard. we held it and looked at it for a bit then let it go. i sure wouldnt mind knowing what sort we have here. i have seen the word broods many times here tonight but the bugs are here every year. are they still the sort thjat hatch every 7 or 17 years? the cicada was grayish except for some very dark green markings on its back. — Gerald, Sioux Falls, South Dakota



slakers up in the piece!

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: do you guys ever answer these questions — Penis, State of the Crabs….



Brood IX stragglers?

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: I’ve seen a few cicada exoskeletons laying around this year and I’m looking forward to a huge infestation next year! I remember the last time they came– I was only 8 and I used to dream of what I would be like 17 years from then… Would I be any fun? Would I still climb trees? Would I still play with the cicadas? I can’t wait to introduce my little son to the incredible cicada phenomenon! And yes, I still climb trees! — Julia, Reston, VA



cicadas in Maryland

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: When will cicadas emerge in Maryland? — David, Silver Spring, MD



Cicada

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: I moved here to PA from CA last spring and am discovering all kinds of new critter life here (like the centipede on my dining room wall but that’s another story!)
Found this ugly beautiful creature on my doorstep this morning, unfortunately, dead. Neighbor said it was a June bug but when I checked bug websites, it wasn’t a match. Then I remembered hearing about Cicadas from my grandparents in Kansas. Ta-Dah! Thats what it is and that’s what all the racket is in my neighborhood!Great website ! Thanks for all your information — Sandy, Enola, Cumberland County, PA



Thanks for having the web site

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: I awoke one hot August morning to my 5 year old son adn 3 year old daughters question – WHAT is that noise.I explained that it was a bug. A minutes later I was in the front of my house very excited to see a cicada that was recently hatch, with great excitment I got the kids and brought them outside to see what bug made all that noise. That lead to even more questions.I immediately went searching on the web and came up with your website.You had all the answers and the best pictures, we even downloaded some sounds.So thanks for helping a mom explain what all that noise is.Keep up the good work. — Eileen Signorelli, Staten Island NY



cicada singing

Date: Sunday, Aug/11/2002

Message: The cicada singing is deafening in my neighborhood. I just finished making an outdoor video and we couldn’t hear the people speaking because of the cicada ‘chat’.If anyone needs more cicadas, go to Northbrook Illinois. You won’t be disappointed. — Wendy, Northbrook, IL



heard lots of ’em – first sighting last night…

Date: Saturday, Aug/10/2002

Message: One crawled out of the flower bed onto the kids’ li’l tikes play slide. We watched it split its’ back, creep out of its’ skin, extend (and dry) it’s wings, then change color and sit in the sun waiting to be eaten by a bird… — Ray, Plainfield, IL – 35miles west of Chicago



an old Ojibwe tale about the cicada

Date: Saturday, Aug/10/2002

Message: Cicadas usually appear around the Great Lakes area in August. I thought I would share one of my favorite stories told to me when I was a youngster. (Folklore is an imortant part of the Ojibwe culture.) Winiboozhoo is a common character in our folklore; he was one of the first human-like beings made by the creator (Gitchimanitou). THE CICADA AND WINIBOOZHOOFrom the beginning of time, children resisted eating vegetables and fruits, objecting that cabbages and such were such a disagreeable and unappetizing green. To persuade children to eat vegetables and fruits, Winiboozhoo stumbled on the idea of dying them hundreds of different shades to confer beauty and flavor on them. But before he was half done with this enormous task, an enemy came along during the night and stained everything with a film of fine cold, white dust. Winiboozhoo was forced to start over not once but many times before he learned who his enemy was. From the beginning he suspected it was his brother Pukawis but it wasn’t until he heard derisive laughter, muted and disguised though it was, that he was sure. Finally, unable or unwilling to put up with the despoliation of his work by frost or snow even if it was done in jest, Winiboozhoo caught a cicada and put it to work, painting the fruit and vegetables so he could devote his time and energy to pursuing the enemy.
The cicada took up the assignment readily. However because Winiboozhoo’s instructions were rather vague, the cicada painted everything, including the grass and leaves. Winiboozhoo was so preoccupied with overtaking his mischievous brother Pukawis that he forgot about the cicada.
To this day the cicada can be heard on hot days, sometimes as early as mid-July, starting the duties that Winiboozhoo assigned him: painting the land to usher in autumn. — Abbey, Mankato, MN



Cicada Killer Wasps

Date: Friday, Aug/9/2002

Message: Each year, our yard is over run with Cicada Killer Wasps which burrough in the ground, lay their eggs and find Cicadas from the trees to deposit in the burroughs for their larve to eat.This year, the infestation is worse than ever. You may walk into the yard and see literally hundreds of Cicada Killer Wasps flying around. They
do not bother humans but these burroughs they dig are similair to that of
mole crickets and they are generally annoying. If they were to sting someone, it would be a very painful ordeal.Anyway, we have attempted some of the suggestions made on Cicada Killer Wasp websites to discourage them from coming to our yard to no avail. We have used lime around the yard, flooded the yard with water
and generally tried to rid the yard of these wasps.The only other solution is to next take away their motovation and kill the
Cicadas in the nearby trees. What would it take to do this and would it
rid our yard of Cicada Killer Wasps finally?BHW — Barton Workman, Tampa, Florida USA



Information Please

Date: Friday, Aug/9/2002

Message: I was startled the other day when watering as a cicada nearly the size of a sparrow flew out of the bushes. I had never seen a cicada, nor any insect of that size for that matter, that large. It was dark, almost black with yellow spots. Does anyone know what that describes or where I can find more out about them?Thx… — Dallas BKK, Dallas, TX, USA



Lots of em

Date: Thursday, Aug/8/2002

Message: Over the last few days we have had lots!
of noise….they are all over the place.
do they come out every 13-17 years?
we have been here 12 years and this is the first time we have heard them.
scoozer66 [AT] yahoo.com — Sarah Bauer, Fountain,CO



Tibicen linnei

Date: Thursday, Aug/8/2002

Message: I have a few questions regarding T. linnei. The first concerns the range in which it is found. Does this creature inhabit northern Texas? Also, does its call sound similar to that of a rattlesnake? Any info would be greatly appreciated. — John V., Wichita Falls, Tx



Cicadas in 2003

Date: Wednesday, Aug/7/2002

Message: Please help! I am planning an outdoor wedding reception in July 2003. It will we held at Sharon Woods Village in Sharonville, Ohio. WIll there be an infestion of cicadas at that time? I certainly don’t want them invited to my big day! Please E-mail me at SKrehb5754 [AT] aol.com
Amy — Amy Krehbiel, Cincinnati, Ohio USA



Cicadas attracted to Lights at night!

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: Over the past four years, I have been keeping track (species & sex)of any annual cicadas that are attracted to any of my three outside lights. I usually have about a dozen cicadas that will come to the lights during the summer. This year however, I guess because of the heat and humidity, I am having an abundance of cicadas coming to my outside lights! Just a few days ago I had 6 cicadas come to lights in one night! (4 lyricen and 2 chloromera). I usually hit them hitting the glass doors (a very distinct sound) and find them hanging on the screen or on the ground. Since July 10, I have had 26 attracted to the lights. This is double the amount during an average year and there is still a lot of summer left. Its interesting that most of the cicadas have been female T. lyricen! Anybody else have any similar experiences?
So far this year, — John Z, Maryland



T. robinsoniana now locally abundant, T. davisi is now common & N. hieroglyphica is finished for the year.

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: Since we have been experiencing many 90 degree days, Tibicen robinsoniana has been extremely abundant in certain localities. Its very slow coarse continous “runt…runt…runt” is very unique and can be heard almost every afternoon (usually after 1pm and before 6pm). T. chloromera, T. lyricen & T. davisi (short, high-pitched whine lasting about 10 seconds) make up the morning and noon chorus. An occasional T. auletes may call around noon. Things seems to be quiet until around 6pm, when T. chloromera has been calling lately in the late afternoon/early evening. About a half an hour before dusk, T. lyricen (long monotone rattle lasting 40-60 seconds) and T. auletes (very loud chh..chh..chh…chh) begin to call and do so until just about dark.
Only one T. linnei called for a few days a few weeks ago, but as in years past I expect T. lyricen to start to decrease and T. linnei start to increase around the end of August. N. hieroglyphica was last heard on August 2 and is probably finished for the year. — John Z, Maryland



Find

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: I was digging today, trying to kill some vines that were climbing up my house. After about three shovels, I noticed an off brown lump sitting in the soil. Upon close examination, I believed it to be a Cicada skin, then it moved. I was worried the critter would die, so I had my six year old place him on a tree. Within a couple hours the Cicada had shed his skin and was ready for business! Incredible find and I took several pictures (hope they come out).
My son obviously became interested so I did an internet search and found your site. Incredible find! Thanks just for being here. — Jim, Colorado



Tibicen auletes

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: I was just beginning to notice that these guys haven’t made a peep all year, when all at once, they’ve shown up rather convincingly in the last few days. As usual they gather in groups so you always hear them when they’re anywhere close! =) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cicada Sighting

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: We have tons of cicadas in our backyard. They frequently attach to our house or lay on our deck. I have to be honest, they are not in the least attractive. Perhaps they haven’t come out of their “shell” yet? Anyway, I have great respect and appreciation for them. Saw one on the bricks of the house yesterday; blue jay snatched it and ate it – very disappointing. This morning a new one is sunbathing on the deck. Ahhh, the circle of life I suppose. — Shelley, Brantford, Ontario, Canada



Wasps

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: Well, these wasps are no fun dealing with!!! I wrote about them awhile back, well, they are still all over my lawn, & keep making new nests… I have been able to find new info on them, but still nothing helps. Except… cooler weather… They may not ‘attack’ but when you have 10-20 flying around at your house, you still don’t want to walk through them. They have gone after my dogs. So, the only thing that seems to get rid of them will be the fall weather…. When that hits, I will have to find all the holes and ‘treat’ them so as to kill any eggs that were layed there. — B, Delaware County,PA



Cicadas make me scared-y!

Date: Monday, Aug/5/2002

Message: tonite i was sitting around not doing much and whatnot and then all of a sudden i heard a CRAZY noize and i looked over and saw this HUGE SCAAAAAAAAARY bug flying all about the room and into my face, chest and neck like a crazy person! i was so scared i almost pooped my pants right then and there (but i didn’t!). nope, i chased it around and finally caught it with some tongs and threw it back out the window. YAY!!! then i had an ice cream cone because i was so happy it hadn’t killed me and eaten my body (or filled it full of eggs or something). bye.(p.s– the scary bug i was talking about? it was a cicada. OH YEAH!)(p.p.s.– do you peoples like cicadas or something? I SURE DON’T!) — Randall, NY



Scary Cicada Story

Date: Sunday, Aug/4/2002

Message: Today I found a cicada attacking my pet poodle in the backyard. She was frightened so I hit it (the cicada) with my electrified fly swatter. It had no effect. It flew at my face and I tripped over the poodle. Cicada’a are scary. Your web site is cool. Will you send me a free t-shirt? — tommy, mount holly, nj



Sighting

Date: Sunday, Aug/4/2002

Message: Two or three sighted in Red Bank, NewJersey in the past weeks. — Sheila, Red Bank, New Jersey



Cicada Sighted

Date: Sunday, Aug/4/2002

Message: On August 4, 2002 at about 10 pm, a cicada coming out of its shin hung over my door as I went into my house. When it finished coming out of its ugly skin, it spread its beautiful thin leaflike green wings. I took pictures with my digital camera.Do they really stay in the ground for 17 years?Logan — Logan Cantu, Grifton, Nc



too many cicadas messing up my lawn!

Date: Saturday, Aug/3/2002

Message: I bought my house a little over four years ago. Like clockwork, every year around late June and early July I find these little holes in my lawn, usually close to trees or my hedges. The holes are about 1/2 inch in diameter and up to 5 or 6 inches deep. Upon closer inspection I also find anywhere from 15 to 40 of these nasty looking bug skins/shells either in the grass at the base of the bushes or sometimes attached to my wooden shed or kid’s wooden swing set. The bug skins are usually split down the back at which point something obviously emerged in some different form. Being a reasonably intelligent person I figured that some form of insect had crawled out of the ground (hence the holes) and shed it’s skin. When I took these skins to my local gardening center I was informed that they were some form of grub. Three years and two bags of grub treatment later I still counted about 35 “grub” holes in my lawn along with the accompanying shells. One night last week I noticed a large insect burrowing into the dirt in my flower patch like a dog looking for a bone. The bug turned out to be a cicada bug as it was big and metallic green and had large wings that made a lot of noise. I chased the bug away and filled up the hole with a rock only to come back the next day to find a freshly dug hole next to the blocked one. I also hear them buzzing around outside almost every day. I even found one in my house (actually my three year-old spotted the critter). I then decided to do some research on the internet and to make a long story somewhat shorter I now think that I have a lawn full of cicada bugs that create these holes and then leave their skins all over the place. I even went on one website that showed one of these critters shedding it’s skin. It looked just like the skins I have all over my yard. But why do they keep coming back every year? Aren’t they supposed to be on some sort of 13 or 17 year cycle? Will they eventually destroy my lawn or shrubs and if so how can I get rid of them? I know they like to eat plants and roots and things. I’m open for any information or suggestions anyone might have. malbug [AT] aol.com — Mark Bugbee, Baltimore, MD



Green cicada

Date: Saturday, Aug/3/2002

Message: Saw a cicada buzzing around a streetlight near my house – then the next night found one skittering around a parking lot – he was olive green. It’s been real hot and humid the last few weeks! — Steve Carpenter, Lafayette, Louisiana



Cicada sightning

Date: Saturday, Aug/3/2002

Message: Aug 03 2002 sighted a green cicada in the garden..very fascinating… — sandy, Buena Vista, Virginia



Cicada sightning

Date: Saturday, Aug/3/2002

Message: Aug 03 2002 — sandy, Buena Vista, Virginia



Cicada Killer Wasps

Date: Friday, Aug/2/2002

Message: I just ran into these large wasps, and had a crash course on them. You can go to this web site to learn more about them. Very interesting creatures. http://ww2.lafayette.edu/~hollidac/cicadakillerhome.html — Jodi, MI



cicada killers

Date: Friday, Aug/2/2002

Message: Tonite my girls and I were walking to our next door neighbors and came across what appeared to be some type of ant nest, when the mutant bee flew out at us we quickly changed our tune. After finding a dead “bee” and doing a little research I am almost sure it is a cicada killer. Any advice on when to watch for one in action? The girls and I think it would be interesting to see the food chain at work. — June, indianapolis



hibrination

Date: Friday, Aug/2/2002

Message: Ive been told that cicadas hibrinate for seven years, then they come out for a season, then hibrinate again for another seven years, so on and so forth. — andrew schwartz, Chicago , IL



I saw a cicada on my porch

Date: Friday, Aug/2/2002

Message: Hi i am 15 years old and i was outside of my porch and i saw this ugly big bug and it was laying still on the ground not moving. Then my dog went up to it and would touch it then it would flip around not flying but its wings or something made a lound sound and it was hop rolling around. Then my dog ate it but i had no clue what it was. The next day i found out it was a Cicada and i was wondering if they really do only come every 17 years and if so are they coming this year? Also is it bad that my dog ate it? If they are invading this year about how long do u think they would stay, and do they bite people like other insects? I live in maryland and i know that there is an insect that is coming within the next few years but should i expect to see Locusts or Cicadas? Thankyou,
Tallie
— Tallie, Olney Maryland



How long are cicadas around for each year?

Date: Thursday, Aug/1/2002

Message: Message: I am working on a science newsletter involving sounds in your backyard. I would like to include cicadas, but the letter will not be distributed until early to mid September. Will cicadas be around through September? — Roxanne, Albuquerque, NM



Rachel from Texas

Date: Thursday, Aug/1/2002

Message: There are several species of cicadas, and each one has its own unique call. The one you heard to the south was likely a cicada, just a different species than what you have in the Dallas area. Unfortunately I don’t have much experience with the western cicada species, so I couldn’t begin to tell you what kind it may have been. The western species are different frrom those in the east, and the changeover occurs roughly through the plains states and central Texas. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cicada?

Date: Thursday, Aug/1/2002

Message: Hi. I’m stumped. I’ve just returned from the Brownsville area of the Rio Grand Valley in the south tip of Texas. Down there is a bug that makes one very loud, high pitched sound, almost deafening if too close. It slows down similar to the cicadas up here in the DFW area, sort of sounding like a chain saw comming to a stop, but the bug is much higher piched. Is this a cicada? If so what sort? Any help appreciated!!
Thanks — Rachel, Texas



Cicada in my apartment…

Date: Thursday, Aug/1/2002

Message: I have a cicada in my apartment… should I be concerned? It appeared to be attracted to my house light. How long do you think it will live? — J, Baltimore, Maryland

July 31, 2002

Cicada Comments from July 2002

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 10:21 am

Watching a cicada emerge from its shell

Date: Wednesday, Jul/31/2002

Message: I just watched a cicada emerge from its shell. It was so exciting! It made my day. I’m only sorry the children in the neighborhood weren’t around to observe with me. — Mary P., Johnstown, New York


Never Seen One Before!

Date: Tuesday, Jul/30/2002

Message: This was the biggest bug I have ever seen… scared me half to death. After alot of research, found out that it is a cicada. Never knew they existed in New York! — Holly F, Auburn, New York


Strange Bug

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: Today is July 29th, three weeks ago I
found this strange insect in the garden,
such a large bug to be coming out of a
small bumble bee type shell.
I have never seen anything like this before, I was a little concerned as to what it was and we put it in a container
and tried to contact enviroment Canada
to check it out, in case it was a threat.
Sorry to say that in the end it died.
When I got home from holidays on the 28th I had an E-Mail from my boss saying that he had found one in his garden, different colour than mine, but same type of insect.
Is it unusal for this insect to be in Canada?
My boss checked out web sights and E-mailed this sight to me, I was able to find the type of insect that I had in the garden.
What a beautiful colour green, if I had only known I would have left it alone,
but you learn something new every day, next time I will let it be.
— Debra, Hamilton Ontario Canada


Just out of the shell

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: My daugter and I were walking through the backyard tonight and found a cicada right next to his/her shell on a branch. — Chad, Germantown, Wisconsin


Tibicen chloromera

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: These guys are out in force in my yard. Saturday I saw five on a single branch. That’s the most annuals I’ve ever seen in one place at one time.They sing low in the trees compared to most other Tibicens, allowing for better viewing. Their singing dominates the late morning and early afternoon. For the second year in a row, though, T. pruinosa and T. lyricen have been relatively scarce on our property. The evenings are kind of dull without them. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas


They didn’t believe me

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: On lunch today, I saw a giant shell of a bug on my patio. I picked it up in delight realizing that it was a cicada. I brought it into work to scare a coworker. Your site helped me prove that it was, in fact, a cicada. The rest of my coworkers thought that they only came out every 17 years. — Kelly, Elk Grove Village, IL


Nick from Arkansas

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: You page hit our cicada species right on the head – most of the cicads we see hear are either the Green Annual or the Harvest Fly variety – next time I catch one I’ll look for some of the more subtle features you describe to determine which I have. The one that competes with my riding mower landed on my arm yesterday while mowing and he is a Golden Annual – we are seeing the one Dog Day Cicada pictured on your page but very rarly – maybe because they are so we’ll camoflaged. — Ian, Texas


Louder than Sunday Traffic on the Dan Ryan

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: Driving back through Chicago last evening and the buzzing of the Cicada’s along the expressway drowned out the heavy Sunday night traffic. Is this a periodic brood that was expected in the Chicago area? When did it start? When will it end? — Jim, Chicago


immortalized in song

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: To all…I love these darn things and I regret to say I did not see any of the red-eyed ones this year. It will be quite a while before they emerge in my neck of the woods. I’m just writing to say that I saw a band this past weekend that sang a song about the 17 year cicada. The band is Big Smith and I was just thrilled, so I thought I would mention it to someone who cares. Anybody in the vicinity of Springfield, MO please check these guys out. You’re lucky to have them. www.bigsmithband.com — Tara, Chicago, IL


One of the coolest things I have ever seen

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: Last night, at about 10:30 at night, I noticed a strange leafy thing stuck to my porch stoop. It turned out to be a cicada just starting to emerge from its shell. I watched it until about midnight. Coolest thing! It was green and its wings were little stubs when it first came out. As I watched, the wings slowly began to grow to their normal size and the cicada slowly began to darken in color. Very cool! I wanted to watch it until it flew away, but I was just so tired I finally went to bed. — Amy Jo, Columbus, OH USA


Out of Nowhere!

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: Sitting peacefully in my backyard on July 24 reading a book, something hit my patio just 3 feet from me. I looked up to see a clear sky, no branches above me and no bird. The object that fell was clearly a black beady-eyed, iridescent-winged, huge Cicada taking its last breath. I’m just glad its little heart didn’t give out 3 feet later in its flight. — Diana, South Plainfield, NJ


It’s louder outside than in the house

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: The Cicada’s have been out for a month or so. As I drove to the Knoxville airport with my window down, the noise was so loud, didn’t know what it was. Til I shut the engine off. The sound of the Cicada’s was deafening!!!!. I was amazed I’d heard them while driving 45 MPH. — Cathy, Speedwell, TN


have seen 2 Cicadas

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: Have recently seen 2 Cicadas..one last night..and one tonight..the 1st met his demise in the form of George the securit gaurd, while flying in the main hallway of our building..the other was clibming outside on the patio..hope the poor guy or gal finds it’s mate before it meets George. — Natalie, Altoona, Pennsylvania


holy sheeet!

Date: Monday, Jul/29/2002

Message: I was just lying on my couch when I felt something crawling on my ankle. I looked down and to my horror saw the biggest damn bug I’ve seen all summer. In an immediate reflex, I flicked it off, only to hear it give off a blood curdling shreek and begin flying around my room madly. Before this, I only thought cicadas came out in mass during specific cycles of known increments. But after looking at your site, I know what I saw. So now I can’t find it, and I have to sleep with a huge ass evil bug crawling around my room. I HATE CICADAS! — S, MO


Those buzzing pests are destroying my once quiet home

Date: Sunday, Jul/28/2002

Message: About 9 years ago, I spent a summer in New Mexico. The only thing I hated the the obnoxiously loud and nearly constant buzzing of cicadas. I was sooo happy I was not a permanent resident there. Now, 9 years later, it appears that those darn buzzing pests are beginning to appear in my neighborhood in California. If it isn’t them, it must be a close and noisy cousin of theirs.My once peaceful home is now plagued with that darn buzzing (than goodness it isn’t continuous yet). I have read several things onlie that say that there isn’y much you can do about them. Is that really true? This is the first summer they have emerged–which I guess means they have been here for more than a decade and are just now getting to the obnoxious stage. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE TO RESTORE MY ONCE PEACEFUL HOME BEFORE THE BUZZING GETS ANY WORSE? Introduce its natural enemy, perhaps? (is ther anything except the wasp?)PLEASE HELP!!! — Robin Bird, Danville, California, USA


Books

Date: Sunday, Jul/28/2002

Message: Here are a list of books that do have some studies and reference to cicadas from other countries and can often be located on “Out of Print” internet sites.

INSECT SINGERS: A NATURAL HISTORY OF CICADAS – J. G. Myers 1929
AUSTRALIAN CICADAS – M.S. Moulds 1990
THE CICADIDAE OF CHINA – C. Lo, L. Zhongren, L.L.L. Xiaolin, Y. Wei 1997
THE CATALOGUE OF THE CICADOIDEA – J.P. Duffels, P.A. van der Laan 1985
SYNONYMIC CATALOGUE OF HOMOPERTA: CICADIDAE – W.L. Distant 1906 — Dan, New Jersey

cicada preferences for certain tree species, habitats

Date: Wednesday, Jul/24/2002

Message: A group here at Indiana University is conducting some preliminary research on habitat preferences of periodical cicadas in anticipation of the emergence of Brood X in southern Indiana. We are curious about what others have seen and ideas about where they will emerge in the highest numbers. We have been digging holes to look for larvae in a range of successional forest stages and in suburban park/yard-type settings. So far young forest habitat that is dense and shrubby, with a lot of invasive plant species, seems to be yielding the greatest numbers of larvae. You can help us find them before 2004! Please contact clay [AT] indiana.edu — Keith Clay, Bloomington Indiana



cicada lunch

Date: Tuesday, Jul/23/2002

Message: am marinating my catch in chocolate syrup for barbequed flying shrimp on a stick!! — the lorax, Plainfield, Illinois



cicada

Date: Tuesday, Jul/23/2002

Message: caught one cicada,found two shells on two trees – get the syrup! — the lorax, plainfield, Illinois



Cicada are emerging before your time tables

Date: Tuesday, Jul/23/2002

Message: I looked at your maps of my area and I have a big crop of cicada coming out of my yard and it isn’t time by all your tables. I got curious about what they eat on, so I went too your web page to get educated on them. It seems you people would like to know when and where they are emerging at, so thought I’d write and tell you. Thanks for the education. — Shawn Moore, Chelsea, Oklahoma



is this for real?

Date: Monday, Jul/22/2002

Message: Found this creature the likes of which i had never seen before. My web research tells me this is a cicada and I am 99% convinced. But this is the only one seen (thank God!) and I wonder if this is a truly unusual location to find one. All the messages seem to be from so much farther west…does anyone have any info on the “normalcy” of a sighting in CT? Many thanks! — linda, naugatuck ct



Cicada

Date: Sunday, Jul/21/2002

Message: I caught a BIG OLE Bug and I think it is a cicada. If I send you a picture, would you be able to tell me if what this thing is? I didn’t realize so many were interested in these things. What should I do with it? It is in perfect condition, just dead. πŸ™‚ Please contact me at Thmbsup13 [AT] aol.com. Thanks. — Brandy, Cincinnati



Cicad Killer Wasps

Date: Sunday, Jul/21/2002

Message: Thanks for the info. To my dismay, it did not help in any way. At this point in time, they have now pretty much invaded my front lawn. They are on the neighbors lawns also. It is at the point where I am afraid to walk out my front door in daylight!! And knowing they are there, freaks me out at night also. Scary things they are. I have talked to some people about them, but unless I want to put out A LOT of money, there is not much I can do. The neighbors would have to do it also, & they are not willing to do so at this point. I heard of a child who was stung by them several times. He is ok, but they give a nasty sting!! Not something I want to find out for myself or my pets. My one pet will not go out now in day light. Well, I guess I just have to keep searching. Thanks again for the info. — B, PA



CICADA ?

Date: Sunday, Jul/21/2002

Message: THE PAST TWO WEEKS MY WIFE HAS FOUND 3 CARCASSES OF WHAT APEAR TO BE CICADA. THE FIRST ONE WE FOUND HAD A LIVE BUG LESS THAN 12 INCHES AWAY WICH WAS GONE IN LESS THAN 12 HOURS. THE CARCASS IS WINGLESS; 1 INCH LONG;6 LEGS;HEAD LIKE A FLY; BODY LIKE A BEE;AND SPLIT OPEN FROM IT’S HEAD TO IT’S MIDDLE DOWN THE BACK. THE LIVE THING WE SAW WAS TWICE AS BIG WITH WINGS,AND A HEAD AS WIDE AS IT’S BODY. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A CICADA’S DISCRIPTION BUT WE HAVE NOT HEARD ANY OF THE FAMOUS NOISE THESES THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE. CAN ANYONE EXPLAIN WHAT THIS MAY BE IF NOT CICADA. WHY THIS YEAR ? WHY THIS LOCATION? CAN WE EXPECT A HALF MILLION MORE? SHOUL WE WORRY? I’VE NEVER SEEN ANY THING LIKE THIS BEFORE IN MY FORTY YEARS, OR SEVEN YEARS THAT WE’VE LIVED HERE. SOMEONE PLEASE ANSWER. — BILL MARTOVICH, SEYMOUR CONN.



Heard them tonight 7/21/02

Date: Sunday, Jul/21/2002

Message: Heard them for the first time tonight, but haven’t spotted any. Has been really hot and dry and some of the martins have left to look for flying insects elsewhere. Will they eat the locusts? Have seen them bring dragon flies back to the house. — Paul , Koontz Lake, Indiana



Cicada sighting

Date: Saturday, Jul/20/2002

Message: I am new to the “cicada fan club.” I didn’t even know what species was making the noise I kept hearing every night all night long. This noise is so loud that I can’t even talk on the phone outside sometimes in the evening. The cicadas have been here for several months now. I mentioned it to my brother who has lived hear for 16 years and he assured me that it was not cicadas that I was hearing because he and his wife had seen them just a few years ago and they only come out every 13 years. Well, I found one outside my door this morning. I went straight to the computer and found this web site on the internet which reaffirmed my suspicions. These are indeed cicadas with their deafening calls every night even behind my brother’s house just five miles from mine. What a great site you have. Thanks for a terrific idea for dummies like me. — Robin, Tennessee



What one word best describes the sound of a cicada.

Date: Saturday, Jul/20/2002

Message: What one word best describes the sound of a cicada. The other day while listening to some radio play on the CBC (Canadian public radio) I heard the author use a single word to perfectly describe the sound of a cicada. At the time I was listening I was driving and could not write it down. Now its forgotten. Any words of advice? Thanks — Rob McAleer, Guelph, Ontario



cicada

Date: Saturday, Jul/20/2002

Message: I have found two cicada’s on my lilac tree.The one was already hatched.The other one was in the process of hatching. — Mike Body, Mississauga, Ontario



Ian from Texas

Date: Friday, Jul/19/2002

Message: I’ve done some investigating on the annual cicada species in Arkansas myself and come up with eight so far. Check out my guide at Anglefire and see if any of them match. You might be interested in the rest of my site too. Just follow the links. =) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



Cant wait for Summer

Date: Friday, Jul/19/2002

Message: I log in to this sight everynight to read the new info and to see if anyone has responded to my contacts message earlier.I am envious of all you Americans and Canadians who have cicada’s out at present, its the middle of winter here so i cant wait untill the spring/summer for the sound and collecting days of cicadas for me to begin. πŸ˜€ — Kees, New Zealand



Cant wait for Summer

Date: Friday, Jul/19/2002

Message: I log in to this sight everynight to read the new info and to see if anyone has responded to my contacts message earlier.I am envious of all you Americans and Canadians who have cicada’s out at present, its the middle of winter here so i cant wait untill the spring/summer for the sound and collecting days of cicadas for me to begin. πŸ˜€ — Kees, New Zealand



Local Species

Date: Thursday, Jul/18/2002

Message: First let me say I love this site but let me admit to you as a youngster in Texas my friends and I used cicada’s for target practice as we would shoot them from trees in my grandparents suburban dallas neighborhood by BB guns. Here in texas we seem to have them so thick in some neighborhoods we could spot 30-50 in a single tree (with most being males it was a challenge locating them with so many calling) but it was great fun and taught my friends and I how to climb a tree and be stealthy. I hadn’t thought about them and the summers of my youth in years until this evening when one got in a calling competition with my Lawn mower. Her in Texas we seem to have only 4 varietys – we called them “Greenies” “Brownies” “Blackies” and “Grandaddies” fromwhat I have found this evening “greenies” seem to be commonly called “Dog Days” – they are by far the most abundat here. Brownies and Blackies look like no pictures I have seen so far (our blackies have black in them but are not nearly as solid black as the ones I’ve seen in your gallery and Grandadies I am having trouble identifying (there are several species on the Michan Unversity site that seem close) but they are about twice the size of the other 3 species we have here and are very rare – although they are the ones usually fooled into competing with my lawn mower – I’ve seen several do it to me other the years. Thanks for a site that reminds me that cicadas are special and so much a part of what we call “Summer” — Ian, Texas



Emerging beauties

Date: Thursday, Jul/18/2002

Message: We are enjoying the emergence of big cicadas on our oak and maple trees. Our dog eats the ones that fall; but we still hope to hear the music of the survivors soon! — Sally, Howland Twshp, OH



I hear them !

Date: Wednesday, Jul/17/2002

Message: I was out in a small bushlot last night at around dusk and could hear severalbuzzing.They seem to emerge every year when the heat arrives.I don’t particularly think they are part of any17 year brood.It is a regular annual occurence. — Colin Green, Toronto ,Canada



2 cicada sightings

Date: Wednesday, Jul/17/2002

Message: 7/17/02 Found empty shell on PINE Tree and one is about to hatch on my oak tree. 10 years at this location never seen them before. Lucky I did not squish it! — Bruce, Scott Twp. north east PA. USA



New to Us!

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: While visiting family in Toms River NJ, we were excited to experience the emergence of about a dozen cicadas! While we live in South Florida and have seen the exoskeletons on trees, this emergence was new to us. Even family members that are not as insect crazy as us really enjoyed the process. I don’t think they were the periodical type as they had black eyes. — MaryBeth, Toms River, NJ



This far north?

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: I started hearing cicadas Sunday afternoon, July 14, in suburban Chicago. Our neighbor has found a couple exoskeletons on his lawn. Aren’t we a bit north for that this year? — Mary O’Kelly, Oak Forest, IL, USA



Found one Cicada emerged and Buzzing going on in trees

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: While playing a game of Volleyball, I look up at one of the trees, and near the bottom half , clinging to it’s exoskeletan , was a newly emerged adult cicada. his wings were nearly dry, they were already long, so I knew he’d be leaving soon. Also there were calls from up on the treetops from adult Cicada’s. that lovely loud ” BZZZZZZZZZ” — Rachel, Cheektowaga( Buffalo) , New York



“Spraying” cicadas

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: On the subject of cicadas “spraying,” they, like all Homopterans, secrete a fluid called honeydew from their abdomens. And being relatively large insects, they can spray an easily visible amount at one time. The Magicicada are most known for this because their populations are so dense that anyone under an infested tree is certain to get at least a drop or two on them as the cicadas secrete small amounts as they chorus or feed. They often “spray” a larger amount when they are frightned and do so as they fly away, so if you try to catch one and miss, you’ll probably get an eye-full! =) Tibicens and other cicadas do this too, but it’s generally not noticed as much because they are not as commonly encountered in their natural surroundings. They usually show up around porch lights or in the clutches of your household pets, in which case they have usually already been agitated enough to secrete before any human can encounter them. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas



T. davisi & T. robinsoniana join the crowd!

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: Tibicen davisi was heard for the first time this season on July 13 at 10:51am (77 deg) in Ridge. This is about about 4 days late from the 7-year average for this area (July 9). Tibicen robinsoniana has also begun to call. The first T. robinsoniana was heard on July 15 at 5:14pm (84 deg)in Park Hall, MD. (One day off the average start date). We now have chloromera, davisi & lyricen calling in the morning, joined by an occasional auletes at noon. The afternoons will find hieroglyphica, robinsoniana & lyricen calling. The evenings close with lyricen & auletes. (T. linnei has not yet begun to call) Additional note: While T. winnemanna (the eastern T. pruinosa) is not found in Southern Maryland, it was heard quiet abundantly in Arlington, Virginia on July 4 & July 12, 2002. — John Zyla, St. Mary’s County, Maryland



Contacts

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: I was wondering if any of the Australian contributors would be interested in talking about Australasian cicadas etc and also Nickfrom Arkansas.I am very keen for as much info etc as possible as well as specimens.You can contact me at Keesgreen [AT] swirve.comAlso i have never heard of cicadas spraying, perhaps it was wet from dew or something and when it flew you wore some of it, apart from that i wouldnt have an answer for you. — Kees, New Zealand



Contacts

Date: Tuesday, Jul/16/2002

Message: I was wondering if any of the Australian contributors would be interested in talking about Australasian cicadas etc and also Nickfrom Arkansas.I am very keen for as much info etc as possible as well as specimens.Also i have never heard of cicadas spraying, perhaps it was wet from dew or something and when it flew you wore some of it, apart from that i wouldnt have an answer for you. — Kees, New Zealand



SPRAYED BY A CICADA!!!!!!

Date: Monday, Jul/15/2002

Message: OK… I was just sprayed by a cicada! What in the (bleep) was that? I never knew it sprays!!! What did it spray me with? Anyone? Please email me and tell me. I was trying to politely ask it to be quiet as I was playing marbles in my back yard when out of the blue, WHAM! it sprays me in the face.July 15, 2002thecarsons11 [AT] attbi.com — Chad, Dallas Area,Texas



When Are They Coming?

Date: Sunday, Jul/14/2002

Message: Do the cicadas emerge in Maryland in 2003 or 2004? What months do they emerge and go back into hibernation? — Vonda, Maryland,USA



Where are the best sites for pictures etc

Date: Friday, Jul/12/2002

Message: Hi, i am from New Zealand and have collected cicada’s for a few years now.I was wondering where the best sites are to view cicada’s from other countries.Is there anyone out there who could be interested in swapping some cicada’s of their country for New Zealand species, however i am not sure of the correct protocols for doing so.New Zealand is apparently unique in having a genus called Maoricicada that live in Alpine areas. All but 3 of our species are relatively small, nothing like the size that i imagine Americas Magicicada species are like.Cheers for any responces, Kees — Kees, New Zealand



Cicada Killers.

Date: Friday, Jul/12/2002

Message: We have two species of Cicada Killers in the Texas Panhandle. Besides the common Sphecius speciosus, we have S. grandis as well. It is a smaller species and more orange in coloration. I often give insect programs around the area and have heard a couple of horror stories about the large Cicada killer. One person told me that their dog was killed by getting stung by one, and a boy told me his aunt went into s coma after being stung. As I say, these are probably horror stories, but they are large wasps and certainly posess a potent sting. — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas



FOR B Bringhurst, REGARDING Cicadas Killer Wasps-TOTALLY different creatures than the sweet cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jul/11/2002

Message: Here’s the webpage you need on info on the “Cicada Killers” you speak of, the Cicada Killer Wasps. go to: http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/nmnh/buginfo/cickillr%20wasp.htm This page shows you all the info you need. As far as how to get rid of them? Can’t help you there. — Melissa, Alabama



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I’ve always loved Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jul/11/2002

Message: Here’s the best webpage that I have found will great photos of and information on the sweet Cicadas: http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il.us/4th/kkhp/1insects/cicada.htmlI have, since childhood, enjoyed the sounds of the Cicadas in the summer nights. It’s so soothing. If you ever see one that hasn’t hatched…they are so sweet. They move so slow, and I have slways said thet look like little old men. Even when the turn in to the fly, they are super, super gentle. Enjoy them when you get the chance! — Melissa, Alabama (North)



I want cidadas! How?

Date: Wednesday, Jul/10/2002

Message: My dad is dying to have cidadas in his yard. He lives out in the country on 100 acres of farm land. He loves the sound of them. How can he get them on his land?Thanks, Elisha – S.C. — Elisha, South Carolina



saw hunderds of cicadas hatching

Date: Tuesday, Jul/9/2002

Message: I saw many hunderds of cicadas hatching on the morning of 7-8-02. The had covered many of the silver maples and made the trees look as thow the trunks were covered with green leaves. Do cicadas perfer some trees over others? I could only find them on silver maples. The pin oaks and various hickory trees did not have cicadas visible on the trunks. — alansmith, Fort Wayne, IN



response to Owen Wraight 7/7/02 re Oz cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jul/7/2002

Message: Owen, from another Sydney cicada enthusiast. There are no other general publications on Australian cicadas, but there are a couple of reviews and Max is planning a monograph on nomenclature and taxonomy shortly. My daughter and I have a paper coming out in The Australian Entomologist shortly, but there are still 3-4 undescribed speicies around Sydney, mainly in the Cicadetta tristrigata/ denisoni group. the Pauropsalta encaustica group is also a problem. give a call. — David Emery, Australia



cicada killers?

Date: Sunday, Jul/7/2002

Message: Hi, I don’t have a cicada problem, but I have what has been told to me as ‘cicada killers’. They look like bees, they are rather large, large wings, and black w/yellow stripes on the tail end. They fly around my lawn all the time. Last year they burrowed into the ground and created large piles of dirt all over. I have tried to get rid of them, but nothing seems to help. I can’t find any information on these ‘killers’ Can you give me any idea of where to get info in order to control these things. Thank you so much for any info. — b.bringhurst, delaware county



Australian Cicadas

Date: Sunday, Jul/7/2002

Message: HiI’m a cicada fanatic,and I’m especially keen on Australian cicadas. I was wondering if anyone knows of where to get some good info on Australian cicadas. So far the only good info I have is the book: Australian Cicadas, by Max Moulds. Anything would be helpful, possibly more stuff by Max MouldsThanx. — Owen Wraight, Sydney, Australia



Brood VIII Airshow

Date: Friday, Jul/5/2002

Message: On June 23, at the airshow at the Air Force Reserve Base west of Pittsburgh, Brood VIII was out in force. I lost count of the number I brushed off of me. It really frightened those who did not know they were harmless. One time a C130 revved up its engines while we were behind it. The breeze felt good, but brought dozens of cicadas, dead and alive, with it, being blown along the tarmac by those props.So we had an airshow of a completely different sort, along with the ‘regular’ show.Also noted the woods west of the airport were alive with the things. We saw motorcyclists without visors on their helmets, and wondered what happens when they get a 17-year-locust in the face at 45 MPH. — Frank, Carnegie PA



Greek Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jul/4/2002

Message: Does anyone have any info on the Cicadas of Greece. I was there last July, the sounds were tremendous and I’d like to return to make some recordings. Info on family branch, peak music/mating season would be appreciated, as well as digital recording instruments. — Jim, Cambridge, MA USA



From Nymph to Fly before my eyes

Date: Tuesday, Jul/2/2002

Message: i took a nymph away from my dog about 6hrs ago and put it in a jar, now I am watching the emergence of a fly,my kid is loving this! So am I.:) — Dawn Byers, Hammond,Louisiana



grassland cicadas

Date: Tuesday, Jul/2/2002

Message: Hello-Can anyone tell me the species name of the most common cicada found in the grasslands of southeastern orange county, California?Thank you!–Gail — Gail, Mission Viejo, California



Cicadas of Texas

Date: Tuesday, Jul/2/2002

Message: Hello. So glad to see cicada enthusiasts. I am looking for information on central and south Texas cicadas. I would like to know all I can. We had a large emergence previous summer (2001). This year only a few so far. Also, we have noticed (and after speaking with neighbors) that we seem to be one of the only houses in our neighborhood with a new brood this year. We are very concerned about sustaining their life cycles: how do we nurture them and prevent pests from attacking, etc.? My husband and I have named our new design company “Cicada House Design” in honor of our friends, the cicadas. And; I am working on two large paintings for our living room as homage and welcome to these beautiful creatures – one female and the other male. So, especially for this reason I would like to know exactly what genus and brood this is in our area, for correct biological representation. Bibliography would ge great for my research! Thanks! — Lala Coneflower, Austin, Texas, USA

June 30, 2002

Cicada Comments from June 2002

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

CICADA

Date: Saturday, Jun/29/2002

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



Cicadas in the north

Date: Friday, Jun/28/2002

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



They’re here!

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

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



Invasion of Cicada

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

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



Tibicen cicadas beginning to get more numerous…

Date: Thursday, Jun/27/2002

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



Tibicen auletes joins the crowd!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/26/2002

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



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

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

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



Is there a 8 yr varitey of this bug

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

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



Periodical Cicadas in eastern PA

Date: Tuesday, Jun/25/2002

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



Cicadas in the far North

Date: Monday, Jun/24/2002

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



Spit

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

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



Spit

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

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



roadkill

Date: Sunday, Jun/23/2002

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



Two More Annual Cicada Species have begun calling in Maryland!

Date: Saturday, Jun/22/2002

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



Can cicada’s cause brances to seep sap?

Date: Saturday, Jun/22/2002

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



Daugher loves “Locust Hunting”

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

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



Time to Leave!

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

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



Cicada Population

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

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



Still going strong

Date: Friday, Jun/21/2002

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



Reno cicadas

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

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



What is the life cycle of the cicada in Nevada?

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

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



cicads found on luggage a airport

Date: Thursday, Jun/20/2002

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



Cicada grub found in Michigan

Date: Wednesday, Jun/19/2002

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



WHERE?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/18/2002

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



Cicada in our sage brush

Date: Tuesday, Jun/18/2002

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



Near Car Cicada accident

Date: Sunday, Jun/16/2002

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



Cicadas are Popular

Date: Sunday, Jun/16/2002

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



oh my god there here

Date: Saturday, Jun/15/2002

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



Azaleas

Date: Saturday, Jun/15/2002

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



Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



I’ll Miss Them When Gone

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



My backyard

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



Sorry

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



We found a pupa of something….

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



cicada leaving

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



Shrub damage

Date: Friday, Jun/14/2002

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



Shrub Damage

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

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



attacked baby

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

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



I heard them…

Date: Thursday, Jun/13/2002

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



Brood XXIII wrapping up in Arkansas

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

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



They were cute at first…

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

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



none here, but are they there?

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

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



Getting quieter…

Date: Wednesday, Jun/12/2002

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



Amazing

Date: Tuesday, Jun/11/2002

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



13 Year Cicada has arrived!

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Indiana

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Brood VIII

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Don’t worry, they’re all W’s

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



When are they coming?

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



The bugs are ruining my research

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Large invastion

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Outer Limits

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Answer to PLF, Periodical Cicadas in DC

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Are there Cicadas in Wassington , DC

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Cicada Sighting

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Brood XXIII

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Cicadas with “holes”

Date: Monday, Jun/10/2002

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



Can I look forward to them here?

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

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



Cicada’s

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

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



Hello

Date: Sunday, Jun/9/2002

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



Siting in Mingo Creek Park, near Finnleyville, PA

Date: Saturday, Jun/8/2002

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



o.m.g.

Date: Saturday, Jun/8/2002

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



They are here but have holes!

Date: Friday, Jun/7/2002

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



They look like hummingbirds everywhere!

Date: Friday, Jun/7/2002

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



First Annual Cicada of Season Calls in Maryland

Date: Thursday, Jun/6/2002

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



Cicada activity near Pittsburgh

Date: Wednesday, Jun/5/2002

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



Cicada Surprise!

Date: Wednesday, Jun/5/2002

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



W = war

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



They are every where!!!!!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



Mothra ATTACKS!

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



It’s over in Clinton

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



Locusts Markings Indicating War or Peace?

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



nature seems cruel

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



Amazing Noise

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



when are they leaving??

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



awesome

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



Millions of these things

Date: Tuesday, Jun/4/2002

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



How do you kill these things?

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



brood xxiii

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



It was like a horror movie!

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



Where I’ve seen them

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



The latest

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



17 year cicadas

Date: Monday, Jun/3/2002

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



We got tons

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



where in Ohio

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



they’re all over!

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



The noise, the noise,aaahhhhhhhhhhh

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



me again

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



they’re back

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



Singing Times?

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



I Saw 1

Date: Sunday, Jun/2/2002

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



HAHA

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



Catch one

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



i have seen them

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



Crazy

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



thousands of cicadas

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



Sighting

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



So Many Bugs!

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



They are here.

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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



They are here!

Date: Saturday, Jun/1/2002

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

May 31, 2002

Cicada Comments from May 2002

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

cicadas are everywhere

Date: Friday, May/31/2002

Message: I have never even heard of cicadas before, let alone seen them, but I think they are fascinating little creatures, although they are really disgusting and creepy looking. My parents have about 3 acres of land by the woods, and these things are just taking over everywhere…they are all over the garage, pavilion, shed, and even on the one side of our house, and our porch. There are holes all through our yard from them. The loud noises they make are unbelievable. It sounds as if there are millions in our woods…and there probably are…I don’t think I’ll be goin for a walk in the woods until there gone, for fear that they might fall on top of my head. — lisa, Indiana county, pa

Oh My ! They are everywhere!

Date: Friday, May/31/2002

Message: I am not sure if I like them or not, they freak me out yet I am facinated by them. I have read all the stories from everyone and I dont agree with killing them. I think it would be impossible. they will go away on their own sooner or later. My dog eats them like popcorn and my kids are terrified. This sight will help them to not be so affraid.thanks. — Diana, Hymera, Indiana

Cicadas are here……Yuck!!!!

Date: Friday, May/31/2002

Message: We have been hearing them for the last couple of days….but today they are everywhere. These are huge!!! I hate them! — Vickie, Sewickley, PA on the border of Allegheny and Beaver County

Locust appearance

Date: Friday, May/31/2002

Message: Woke this morning to find the fences covered with our dear friends – locusts. I guess this is the year. Mineral Ridge, Ohio5/31/02 — Dianne, Mineral Ridge, OH

Found some cicadas and their shed layers on a van tire

Date: Thursday, May/30/2002

Message: Found some cicadas and their shed layers on a van tire – I bagged them for my son to see and take to school to talk about. He wants to start a bug collection.They’re pretty cool… this is the first time I have seen them.I guess they’ve been around a few days or so? — Larry, Shelocta, PA USA 15774

Cicada Brood

Date: Thursday, May/30/2002

Message: We have the little guys out in force in areas south, SE & SW of Little Rock. Also in the Forrest City area on Crowleys Ridge.Have been out for a week or so. — Jim Northum, Little Rock, AR

My journal now has pics!!!

Date: Thursday, May/30/2002

Message: I’ve finally uploaded some of my photos to my ongoing journal “Angelfire so feel free to check it out. Looks like it’s almost time for me to make the trip to Illinois, so don’t EVEN think the journal is finished yet! — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Haven’t seen a one!

Date: Thursday, May/30/2002

Message: Well, Seems my neighbors West and South of me have started to see the critters, but I have yet to see one. I’ll let you all know when I do! — Steve, Northern Allegheny County, PA

Cicadas

Date: Thursday, May/30/2002

Message: We have tons of them here! We live in a little town near Youngstown, OH (between Cleveland and Pittsburgh)Just noticed all the holes in the ground and live and dead cicadas around May 27. — therese, Youngstown, Ohio

They’re here! Brood V in Eastern Ohio

Date: Wednesday, May/29/2002

Message: Finally, they’re starting to emerge in our back yard, but so far there are far fewer of them than there were 17 years ago. We’re seeing birds snatch up more of them than we remember from 1985; is anyone else seeing this? — Gayle, Lisbon, Columbiana County, OH

Cicada clean-up tips?

Date: Wednesday, May/29/2002

Message: Just my luck – the year we buy a house that sits in the woods, the cicadas emerge. I am horrified – our trees and shrubs are covered by hundreds of these ugly pests. I know there’s not much I can do to get rid of them now, so I’ll suffer inside until July. But what to do then? Does anyone have tips on disposing of their carcasses once they die? If so, or if you have other suggestions on dealing with these pests, please post them on this site. I need help! — Lara, Beaver, PA

Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, May/29/2002

Message: We moved to our new home in Dec. 2001. We love it in the country. We have seen lots of new bugs, and one of them is the cicada. We have seen them in the ground and then have watched the transformation to the adult cicada. Very interesting! We have them in our yard by the thousands. I worry about the damage to my plants and trees. How much will they do? Is there something I can spray to get rid of the ones on the ground or in the trees or to stop the new eggs that will falling to the ground soon? Would really like some more info on these. Thanks, Angelaangelalangley [AT] hotmail.com — Angela, Robinson, IL, USA

Quite a Crop

Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002

Message: Have seen several drying in the sun the past couple of weeks. While mowing the yard yesterday (about 2 acres on what we call Pleasant Oaks), happened to see hundreds of shells clinging to the underside of the oak leaves. I’m not a bug person, so don’t have a positive ID on the critters. The ones I’ve seen are black or dark brown with red eyes. — Frank Barncord, Marissa, IL

I DID SEE THE CICADAS…. AND THEY WERE REALLY COOL

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

I sort of like them

Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002

Message: Call me weird but I really like the cicadas. We experienced the cicadas three years ago and I thought the loud sound was hilarious. I would call my mom up (she lives in Westmoreland County) and put the phone outside so she could here them.What is even better is that we are moving up to Greensburg this month so I won’t have wait another 14 years to hear their music.I was lucky though in that they never pelted me like they did other people!!! — Audrey, Morgantown, West Virginia

I sort of like them

Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002

Message: Call me weird but I really like the cicadas. We experienced the cicadas two years ago and I thought the loud sound was hilarious. I would call my mom up (she lives in Westmoreland County) and put the phone outside so she could here them.What is even better is that we are moving up to Greensburg this month so I won’t have wait another 15 years to hear their music.I was lucky though in that they never pelted me like they did other people!!! — Audrey, Morgantown, West Virginia

Indiana emergence

Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002

Message: I have received reports from observers in Sullivan and Posey counnties in SW Indiana that their emergence has begun. I would appreciate information from readers in Indiana and Ohio on when and where they observe cicadas. I have put Indiana and Ohio emergence maps online at www.msj.edu/cicada for those wondering if they should be on the look out. Thanks. — Gene Kritsky, Cincinnati, OH

cicada consciousness

Date: Tuesday, May/28/2002

Message: The cicadas emerged here about a week ago. I was expecting the intermittent june bug chirp but am fascinated with their pervasive hum. The first morning I heard it I thought someone was using an electric saw on an infintely long board. I’m torn between the eeriness of the sound, the fascination with it and the fear of the individual insect which is extraordinarily sci-fi-ish. I will say I am avoiding my flower garden as they have taken up residence in the shade garden and I have a natural averision to any insect that large. (I read all those 50’s comics about giant bugs). I feel like I need to do something about them but don’t know what. I also think about whether I’ll still be living when their larvae next emerge. I finally decided to deal with them in a zen like way, just experiencing this phenomena and not worrying about what they are really up to out there. Oddly, I’m old enough to have experienced them at least twice before but can’t recall anything this extraordinary. — C. Keeley, Paducah, Kentucky

Cicadas bite

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: In 1985 I got bit, pinched, whatever you call it, by a Cicada. Gouged a 2-inch long piece of flesh from inside of my arm. Drew blood. They’re here, and I’m NOT happy. — Julie, Rochester, PA

PA brood’s here

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: We just got our brood this weekend. I live in the country and have them everywhere! I’m thrilled to see them and love hearing them. I’m in the minority here. Everyone else seems to hate them and wants them gone. I loved them when I was a kid and still do. I just wish they’d come out sooner than 17 years!!!! — Jan, Armstrong Co., PA

Holy Guacamole

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: we are covered up here! the ground looks like swiss cheese and the air is filled with the sounds of them! at least a few of them sleep late in the mornings so it’s not too bad until 9 or so….. — Edward, Arlington, Tennessee

cicada’s are everywhere

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: Just took a walk, the trees and ground are covered, holes in the ground. Have not seen this many in years. Will be glad when they are gone. — jane, Cobden, Il, Union County

Cicada’s EVERYWHERE

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: Oh the joy that filled my heart when we heard the beautiful song of the magicicada! We live in the country and are blessed with woods all around us. There must be thousands of them. My parents live in MS about 50 miles south of Memphis in a town called Sardis. They have as many as we do here. If you’re looking for them, come to our neck of the woods. πŸ™‚ — Traci Stevens, Lexington, TN

Not many in MO

Date: Monday, May/27/2002

Message: Found some cicadas in SE Missouri Sat/Sun but the numbers were far from overwhelming. Midday Saturday at Hawn State Park heard several individual Decim who sounded like they had just hatched. Late afternoon driving east on a county road in Perry County, suddenly about a mile east of I-55 my ears were hit by waves of Cassini even with the car windows down. Camped at a state forest along the Mississippi; saw one skeleton. The Mississippi was flooded and had been even higher. Lots of toads (especially Fowlers) who sound a lot like Decim. Hiked the higher-altitude area of the forest Sunday morning and saw a couple more skeletons and heard a few individual Decim. By far the best place I found was Trail of Tears State Park along the Mississippi north of Cape Girardeau. This was the only place I saw any up close. A couple dozen on plants along the hiking trail, decent numbers of skeletons, and good numbers of Decim singing around 10 AM. The rest of the trip was nearly fruitless as I headed farther south; much of the Bootheel was underwater and the region has few trees. I had high hopes for Big Oak Tree State Park, but it was mostly underwater. Heard a few cicada distress calls in the trees. If the majority of MO cicadas haven’t hatched yet, the delay is beneficial because the river needs to recede more. Am going to try several forested parks near the river south of St. Louis next week, but would be pleasantly surprised to hear/see any, having not encountered any in the STL region in 1989. — Eric, Missouri

cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/26/2002

Message: We live about half an hour from Arkansas. There are a lot of them. Started seeing them the second week of May. Then the noise started, hard to listen to every day, very aggrivating. I thought the paper mill was doing someting than someone said it was those bugs. Be glad when they are gone. — Elaine, Bastrop, La.

Cicadas in AR?

Date: Sunday, May/26/2002

Message: A friend of a friend mentioned the Cicadas were common at Pickthorne Lake- Northwest Lonoke Co, near Jacksonville. We hiked in the woods adjacent to the lake and could hear chorus of cicadas, but found only 3 live adults within reach,and a couple dozen cast skins. Anyone know where I can collect 100-200 adults for museums here and elsewhere?Let me know at bbbbugs [AT] earthlink.comThanks,Brian Baldwin 501-821-2934 — Brian, Little Rock, AR

Cicada sightings

Date: Sunday, May/26/2002

Message: While leading a tour into Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument this past Thursday, The cicadas were singing on the hillsides. I caught a male and identified it as Cacama valvata. I turned this one loose, but later caught another on Saturady Afternoon. — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas

duration?

Date: Sunday, May/26/2002

Message: can anyone tell me how long i must endure this auditory interruption…they are sooooo loud here it is uncomfortable to be outside…sorta like an x-files…thank you…mail me at relaxornot [AT] yahoo.com — laslo tolff, oxford, ms

re: singing

Date: Sunday, May/26/2002

Message: they have been singing for about a week..this is a first for us on our 15 acres and hope we are here when they return.. — john & sandy, Alexander, AR

Millions of Cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: Millions of Cicadas have emerged in Corinth, Ms. There are holes all over the ground where they emerged. The trees are full of them. They sing very loudly. Seems as if they never stop singing. I have found shells all over and have seen many of the live ones. If I sit under the trees droplets like rain fall on me. They have been in the area for about two weeks. This is May 25, 2002 — Sue, Corinth, Ms

Albino cicada

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: Maria wasn’t kidding… the cicadas came out en masse today. I’ve got 3/4 acre and every tree has them, as well as the fence. There was a gorgeous albino cicada on the fence. Well, okay, not gorgeous, but pretty for a cicada. Enjoying the quiet today… it’ll be a madhouse by Monday. — Mary Lynn, Greensburg, PA

Cicada’s

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: Okay, okay, this has been going on for several weeks. I can hear them on my deck and inside my house with the windows closed! Does anyone know when this will stop??? I love nature but this can be rather maddening after a month. What can I expect???Thanks!email–crdodd [AT] bellsouth.com — Glada Dodd, Murray, Ky.

spotted

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: They have appeared in Greesburg, PA. They are everywhere. The noise hasn’t started yet, but it will start soon. — Maria, Greensburg, PA

Got Cicadas here

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: We have tons of cicadas emerging from nymphal stage here – they are all over the lawn, and thousands up flying and singing! — Katie Weatherford, Calvert City, KY

fascinating

Date: Saturday, May/25/2002

Message: I first heard the ‘flying saucer’ sound last friday, may 17. It’s been going on since then varying in loudness. We live on a flight path to the airport, and after one particularly noisy jet went over, the cicadas all shut up! and didn’t start over in full force until the next day. I heard someone out in the woods shooting a barrage of shots, but it didn’t even slow down their singing. — lesley, memphis, tennessee

May 24, 2002

Date: Friday, May/24/2002

Message: We live on 8 acres. The Cicadas are thick here, I bet we have 5,000 or more in our trees now. They came out last night & climbed the trees ( which we have lots of) This morning they were hatching out of their shells. It was cool watching them. My dogs keep eating them, hope it doesn’t make them sick!! By tomorrow they will be out of site as they go to the TOPS of the trees. That is why you usually don’t see them but HEARD them. They live about 5 wks. — Debi, Richland, IN

Invasion in eastern Prarie and western Monroe County, AR

Date: Friday, May/24/2002

Message: The cicadas seem to be near full force along U.S. 70 between Hazen and Brinkley. That includes DeValls Bluff, Biscoe, and Brasfield. The tredecassini are beginning their synchronized chorus and some trees are so covered that the cicadas almost appear to be part of the bark. Several teneral (newly-emerged) adults are still present, though, so the chorus will only grow louder in the days to come… — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

They’re everywhere!

Date: Friday, May/24/2002

Message: They really started emerging in full force last night. Can’t seem to get my dogs to go out now, they’re terrified! — Tony, Freedom, PA

Summary of Central Mississippi Brood XXIII Emergence

Date: Friday, May/24/2002

Message: The chorusing is down to a fairly low level now and should be gone in a few days. Earlier I reported that 92% of the local population represented M. tredecim. By gathering the dying cicadas from nature trails in Clinton and Jackson I estimate 5.9 % of the population represented M. tredecula and 2.1 % represented M. tredecassini. Emergence hole density for several sites in the Clinton area was 58 per square meter. Emergence began on the evening of April 27 and continued through the evening of May 11 but 47 % of the population emerged on the evening of May 1 and May 2. I gave a presentation on the emergence at Clinton Community Nature Center on the afternoon of May 11 to a mixed audience of children, young adults and senior citizens and was surprised how few could remember experiencing such an event before. Most of the people present were living in the Clinton area for the 1989 emergence and several could have experienced the 1976 and 1963 cycles. Strangely, most people seem to forget about these events and have to go through rediscovery. That seems to be reflected in the traffic on this message board, as well. Oh well, it has been fun and maybe, if we’re lucky, we can see it again in 2015. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi,USA

no cicadas yet???

Date: Friday, May/24/2002

Message: I live in Austin, TX and haven’t heard acicada yet….I think they should be out”chirping” by now. Does anyone know if they have a domant cycle??? — jimbob, austin TX

Addressing Alexa

Date: Thursday, May/23/2002

Message: Sorry Alexa, they’re in your backyard. — Kelly, New Brighton PA USA specifically

They’re here!

Date: Thursday, May/23/2002

Message: Well, after a short trip outside with my Golden Retriever it’s confirmed that the cicadas have arrived in Western PA! — Kelly, Pittsburgh, PA USA region

I am dreading this

Date: Thursday, May/23/2002

Message: I have never seen one of these bugs before, because I come from a very Urban area in the North. I am scared of big buzzing bugs that fly. In fact, I freak out with almost every bug. I do not dig the thought of a mini invasion. How long does this last? I am seriously thinking of taking time off from work, so I dont have to have bugs land on me (just the thought gives me the shivers). Help!! I need answers. EMail them to me please: yankred [AT] aol.com. — Andrea, Maryland

cicadas!!!! you want some???

Date: Thursday, May/23/2002

Message: Well it seems we have a bumper crop of bugs….Its been cool…but its seems to not have hampered the cicadas. They are singing right along none the worse for wear….If anyone would like some cicadas for their yard..I would be happy to send them to you…. — Jean Sherrill, Huntingdon tn carroll co

EEWWW!!

Date: Wednesday, May/22/2002

Message: I hate those damn bugs! I can’t believe they are coming back. Does anyone know how long they will be here this time? I am about an hour south of Pittsburgh. Any info can be forwared to bre97 [AT] hotmail.com. Thanks! — Bre, Wheeling, WV

oh no

Date: Wednesday, May/22/2002

Message: we have been hitting record temp lows here in pittsburgh – – – i hope the cicadas brought their scarfs πŸ™ i read that extreme weather changes can prevent them from coming out…. lucky southerners!!! πŸ™‚ — sinn, pittsburgh, PA

Brood VIII is here!

Date: Tuesday, May/21/2002

Message: They arrived last Wednesday, May 15. They are everywhere! They even got into my office. Does anyone know how they might have gotten in & how to prevent that in future years? Thanks! — Jen Melton, Benton, KY, USA

“Singing” cicadas

Date: Tuesday, May/21/2002

Message: As noted in my ongoing cicada journal (Angelfire) three of my cassini cicadas have been alive since I collected them on May 10. This — 12 days — will be the longest I’ve ever kept captive cicadas alive. Four of my tredecim cicadas are only one or two days behind. I give them new branch tips to suck on every day (an interesting pruning method if I do say so myself), and they still sing in the daylight or when my bedroom light is on. What’s funny is they get more vocally active when I listen to my CDs. Must have something to do with the sound frequency of the song chords or something. Right now their favorite seems to be Linkin Park by far, although they have “sung along” with Skillet, Metallica, SonicFlood, and Staind as well. =) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Periodical Cicada Nymphs

Date: Tuesday, May/21/2002

Message: We’re inthe field studying periodical cicadas, and your messages to this board are extremely helpful. We check it often. With regards to the gentleman from MS, with the lawn sprinkler problem, I must object to his plan to eradicate nymphs: First of all, periodical cicadas do not have chewing mouthparts, so it is impossible for them to chew wiring or piping, or anything else. Cicadas have sucking mouthparts and feed on plant juices. It is unlikely, even if a nymph tried to do so, that it could penetrate the materials used in underground wiring or piping. With regards to finding a nymph near a wiring fault, since there are cicada nymphs everywhere underground, if you dug up anything– wiring or anything else– you would undoubtedly find nymphs in close proximity to it. That does not mean that the nymphs could or did cause any of your problems.Second, the amounts of toxic chemicals required to remove the cicadas are so great that they may result in other, unintended damage. — John Cooley, On the road

Info on broodVIII

Date: Tuesday, May/21/2002

Message: I have been expecting to hear some information on emergence of brood VIII in western PA and eastern Ohio.So far there are no reports of any large numbers being seen, probably due to the unseasonably cold weather for nearly the entire month of May.If anyone has information on the status of brood VIII please post or forward to Danak320 [AT] aol.com. Thanks, Dan — Dan Kendle, North Canton (Stark Co.) Ohio

Locusts are LOUD!!!

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: Wow! They are back and louder than ever! I thought they made an appearance every 7 years, but I just read that it’s every 17 years! lindasmith79 [AT] yahoo.com — Linda , Alva, Mississippi

“Flying” cicadas

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: I wouldn’t recommend that kite trick with the periodicals — for the cicada’s sake I wouldn’t have you do it with any species!! — but the Magicicada aren’t as strong of flyers as the annual Tibicen cicadas. Odds are with a periodical you’ll just wear the poor thing out after a few rather clumsy attempts it makes to fly around. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Freezing weather!!!

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: OK, so maybe not quite freezing, but it’s still way too cold for mid May. I’m sure the cicadas don’t like it either. Hopefully the majority of them will wait until the weather finally breaks to emerge and start chorusing, so they can do it undisturbed. They are showing up at Lake Poinsett State Park in Harrisburg, AR with all 3 species present. I may go back out there today even though it’s not very warm. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Nature’s croutons

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: Faye, I grew up in Carrollton and spent many a summer day hunting cicadas. I would listen for the wi-wi-wi sound and trace it to the tree (mostly young, small trees). If I could reach the branch it was on, I would pull it down very slowly and with my other hand, very quickly grab the cicida. Most of the ones I caught were the green and black ones (Dogday Harvestfly). I don’t think that Texas has the periodal cicadas.I live in New Albany, Mississippi now and there are these periodical cicidas everywhere. Even on the ground. My 3 inside cats wait at the door when I go outside in hope that I will bring them some “treats”. I’ve caught at least 50-60 of them. They are smaller than the green ones and the Grand Western cicadas.Has anyone tried to fly one? Kids love it. You tie a piece of thread around the eye section and then throw the cicada in the air. Kinda like a kite. — Amy, New Albany, MS

Natures croutons

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: Faye, I grew up in Carrollton and spent many a summer day hunting cicadas. I would listen for the wi-wi-wi sound and trace it to the tree (mostly young, small trees). If I could reach the branch it was on, I would pull it down very slowly and with my other hand, very quickly grab the cicida. Most of the ones I caught were the green and black ones (Dogday Harvestfly). I don’t think that Texas has the periodal cicadas.I live in New Albany, Mississippi now and there are these periodical cicidas everywhere. Even on the ground. My 3 inside cats wait at the door when I go outside in hope that I will bring them some “treats”. I’ve caught at least 50-60 of them. They are smaller than the green ones and the Grand Western cicadas.Has anyone tried to fly one? Kids love it. You tie a piece of thread around the eye section and then throw the cicada in the air. Kinda like a kite. — Amy, New Albany, MS

school project

Date: Monday, May/20/2002

Message: It is Sunday night, May 19. My son has 24 hours to come up with a cicada for his insect display in his science class. I live near dfw airport. Does anyone know how we can get our hands on a nice dead cicada? email to mikefaye [AT] airmail.com. Thanks. — faye smith, coppell, tx, usa

cicada crazy

Date: Sunday, May/19/2002

Message: thousands of the little buggers are emerging! my 2 labs are enjoying the seemingly tasty snacks! can’t wait for the incessant howling. now where are my earplugs? !!!!!!!!! — jt blandford, lake of egypt williamson county il

We have Cicadas!

Date: Sunday, May/19/2002

Message: About a week ago I noticed all these huge looking ‘flies’ all over our back porch. And then saw them all around our neighborhood. Some have called them Locusts and others Katydids.My husband had me look up ‘Cicada’ and I found this site really informative.And I will pass on the info. I found to my friends.Thanks! — Jennifer, Lavinia,TN, USA

National Public Radio story

Date: Saturday, May/18/2002

Message: I found your site after listening to an interesting story on NPR’s Weekend Edition (Saturday) related to eating emerging cicadas. While it did not stimulate my intestinal appetite, I made my way to this site which is facinating. Thought you might like to know. — Joe Gross, Land O’ Lakes, FL

13 yr cicada

Date: Saturday, May/18/2002

Message: I have found 2 (two) 13 year cicadas so far- one male on the 13th of May, and a female on the 17th of May.No calls heard yet.Brian Baldwin — Brian Baldwin, Little Rock, AR

YES cicadas are great for fishing .

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: here in hernando ms we have tons of them here they are EVERY WHERE and on everything .but let me tell yea you really can get some big FISH useing these BEEN there done that . — tammy lowes, hernando ,ms

They are here too.

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: I live about 1/4 of a mile from the Holland Bottoms W.M.A., and we have really started seeing numerous cicada’s around here. They are thick outside, and very noisy as well. And Nick, they really are gross! :o) — Ann, Jacksonville, AR, USA, Lonoke County

Cicadas found guilty as costly destructive pests!

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: Ok! Folks here’s the whole truth on these “do little damage” buggers. During the emergince of the XXIII brood my 2 year old $6000 sprinkler system began having problems. Our lawn care professional blamed the problem on the Cicadas?? I was, let us say “unconvinced” until they dug up portions of the wiring in my system that were obviously damaged by chewing. I was still dubious on the subject until they found a dead Cicada nymph still attached to a wire. The nymph was aparently zapped by the current flowing thru the wire while he was snacking on the insulation. I say “Guilty as Charged”! (HA! charged… get it?) The lawn care guys have described to me a plague of sprinkler system damage in our area all related to chewed up wiring. The total cost of repair, if all of the wiring in my system has to be replaced, will be about $1800. Can you imagine the overall cost to everyone having the same problem? I was like most people three weeks ago, Cicadas didn’t bother me one little bit, in fact I kinda liked the sounds they make, but now I am looking for a way to kill as many of them as I can. The Cicada information sites on the web recomend nothing in the way of nymph control. But I intend to attack them as they hatch from the tree branches with a barrage of insecticides unknown to my home in the 27 years I have lived here. I’m MAD, I’m BAD, and I have a “can do” pest control service preparing to do battle. DIE! you costly little pests. — Pat P., Rankin County MS

Their here!!!

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: Found about 6 so far in my back yard.Its starting! — Bill Calhoon, Pittsburgh PA

The Bugs

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: We have the cicadas everywhere!!! — Carol Greene, Atoka, Tn.

Pictures

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: I have pics. E mailusammy [AT] bellsouth.com.These Cicadas are absolutely all over my yard,fence,shrubs,ground,the dog house(poor dog).In the fish pond………Lawn furniture.Walls of the house. Getting a little gross for me. — Lisa, Henry county TN

Cicada EVERYWHERE!

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: HI:I have been invaded. They are everywhere. Even worse than last night. I thought that wasnt possible. Barely making noise they are tonight. The Yorkshire pups are eating them.The cats also.All over my porch. Evrywhere you step, Cicada!!!!!!Henry county is just south of Calloway co.KY.Lisa — Lisa, Henry co.TN West TN

Cicadas are here

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: Cicadas emerged all over the area here in Gilbertsville,Ky (Marshall County) on Saturday evening,May 11th, 2002.They haven’t started their song yet, so I guess that will start soon…they arenot welcome inside my house, which hashappened a couple of times, but guess that is one of God’s creations, and we must deal with it. My friends dog lovesthem and goes crazy crunching them whenoutside. — Dorothy Blackwell, Gilbertsvile,Ky (MarshallCounty)

Cicadas are here

Date: Friday, May/17/2002

Message: Cicadas emerged all over the area here in Gilbertsville,Ky (Marshall County) on Saturday evening,May 11th, 2002.They haven’t started their song yet, so — Dorothy Blackwell, Gilbertsvile,Ky (MarshallCounty)

Brood XXIII Explosion in West KY

Date: Thursday, May/16/2002

Message: Tonight, May 16 there are thousands of cicada nymphs emerging in my yard alone! Over the past few days I’ve seen them emerging a few at a time but tonight the grass is literally crawling with them! It’s an awesome sight! Of course when they start singing I may sing a different tune myself. — Mark Smiddy, Benton, Kentucky USA

Brood XXIII in eastern Arkansas

Date: Thursday, May/16/2002

Message: Decim and cassini cicadas are showing up in eastern Arkansas. Along Hwy. 38 and 306 east of Cotton Plant (Cache Bayou to Colt) and along parts of Hwy. 286 and Hwy. 1 near Wynne are showing activity. Some singing and chirping is audible, but not the deafening whining of cassini or roaring of decim that I would expect within the next couple of weeks. Nothing in Jonesboro though. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Yes, they are here too

Date: Thursday, May/16/2002

Message: We just set out some new apple trees this year – If I had known they lay their eggs in young trees, I might have waited til next year to set out new trees. They are interesting even though they are odd looking and make a deafening noise while courting. — Melissa, Brandon, MS (Reservoir)

What’s that noise?!!!

Date: Thursday, May/16/2002

Message: Yesterday morning while doing some yard work in my yard I noticed this really loud annoying noise. I read below that some guy thought it was a piece of machinery. I have to agree w/ him. I at first thought it was some sort of alarm that would not shut up. All day long I kept asking my 4 yr. old daughter, “Do you hear that noise?” Finally a friend of mine came over yesterday afternoon and I asked her about it. And I got my answer. Now I find the noise fascinating. Also, yesterday my daughter called me over to look at this “weird” bug. She said, “It keeps running into the fence.” When I got there and saw that huge thing w/ bulging orange/red eyes I backed us away b/c I had no idea what it was. Then this morning my neighbor told me she saw the same thing in her yard and I found out then it was the Cicada. I had no idea about any of this until yesterday. And it is pretty amazing. But how long will they be around? — Michelle, Oxford, MS

They are everywhere

Date: Wednesday, May/15/2002

Message: Bugs are so loud it’s amazing! — C. Hailey, West Monroe, Louisiana

Thousands, but not much noise—– yet

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: There are thousands all over my yard and trees, but I haven’t heard the noise that is usually asscosiated with there emergence. My wife would rather they just go away. Is there a time limit for their being here? — Oakley Swart, Murray, Ky Calloway County

our fish love them!

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: This is about the most fascinating thing I’ve ever experienced (or heard!). We have a small nature pond in our backyard that is full of goldfish. They are absolutely fighting over the cicadas when they happen to drop in the water. I have a question. When all these wonderful bugs start dying, will it be raining cicadas? — Judy Stegall, Jackson, MS

Brood XXIII Emerges in Kentucky

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: Well, it’s official. I’ve had at least 25 calls on 13 Year Periodicals in the past three days, and have had several samples brought in – all positively IDed. They’re extremely prolific in the eastern part of McCracken County, but not so heavily in the western sector, where the majority of the trees are – may take a few extra days to warm up these forested areas. Look for information on them and samples at the Spring Sampler May 18th at Dolly McNutt Plaza, Paducah. I’ll have the insects and information downtown for everyone to see. Contact me at kkeeney [AT] uky.edu — Kathy Keeney, Paducah, KY

They’re here

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: For about a week now we’ve been hearing the roar of the cicadas and have holes all over our property. Today the roar is so loud it is deafening. The deal about the W on the wings is an Indian tale and was told to us the other night by someone who is part Indian. He said his great great grandmother told him that a W on the wings means 7 years of war and a P on the wings means peace. — Marsha, Tishomingo, MS

i have i ?

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: some one said that the “w” on the wing means war . i have never heared if it i would like to know if it is so i have asked everyone if they knew but they said that they dont know but would like to find out. — meme, new albany ms

Cicada Hum

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: The Grove at the University of Mississippi is loud with the hum of brood XXIII — Pat, Oxford, MS

OH THE NOISE!

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: THEY MUST BE HERE BY THE MILLIONS! HOW LONG WILL THIS NOISE LAST? DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE CICADA EVENT FROM 13 YEARS AGO? I SURELY DON’T! — DW, Choudrant, LA

wow

Date: Tuesday, May/14/2002

Message: We have lived here 7 years, and the past two nights have been VERY interesting. The cicadas have crawled out of the ground and attached themselves to our house, shrubs, garage door, everything. It’s been fascinating watching them crawl out and fumble around. We learned all we needed to know from your website. Thanks for sharing this amazing 13 year event. — Ann, Nesbit. MS

SHOULD WE BE THREATENED BY THESE BUGS?

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: Should we be threatened. I have been planting young trees. Will they kill them. I had no idea what all the noise was last week. As I was planting my magnolia tree, I glanced up and a Cicada was staring at me. It was very creepy. I hate bugs.. Especially these big things. It is fascinating how they only come every 13 yrs. How long will this last? — JENNIFER, HOULKA, MS

Update from central Arkansas

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: Today at Holland Bottoms W.M.A. I found about 150 adults in the low vegetation along the path. No singing though. There were several hundred holes in the path and along the edge of the water and around 200 skins clinging to trees and other plants. I took some pictures of the gathering adults, which I plan to post in my journal in a couple of weeks. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Periodical Cicadas

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: Moving here from Phila. 8 years ago I have never seen the red bulging eyes of the cicada until yesterday, how cool! How fascinating that these creatures come around every 13-17 years. — Loretta Stronski, DeSoto County, Mississippi

So that’s what that noise is!

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: I’d been hearing the noise for several days now, and I thought I was crazy. My grandmother told me it was cicadas. Then she took me to her back yard. It was spooky! You couldn’t take two steps without stepping on them! Papaw had picked about 60 off the house. Little holes in the ground everywhere. Now that I’ve come to this website and learned more about the little rascals, it’s not so spooky. — Heather Miles, West Monroe, LA (Ouachita Parish)

Cicadas at commencement

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: Commencement at Ole Miss was well attended by students and their families.Also attending were The Grove`s family of cicadas. At points throughout the festivities there were the all too familiar cicada dance being performed by those humans who were surprised by cicadas on their legs,heads,ect. It brought welcome comic relief to a long,warm occaision — Ken , Booneville,MS

they are here!!

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: My 11 yr old son informed me on Mother’s Day that our front porch was covered in some type of “bug”. Being from the country I knew exactly what had transpired overnight. The cicada are everywhere. I watched a few emerge from their shell. Amazing! Beautiful colors. — Kim, Cordova TN

What’s that strange sound?

Date: Monday, May/13/2002

Message: For the last 3 or so days I had been hearing a loud permeating sound that I had thought was some kind of machine. (I live in the city but near a wooded area) Finally I decided that I was going to find whoever was running that darned machine and let him know that I was going to file a complaint for “disturbing the peace”. So, I jumped in my car and rode towards what I imagined was the source of the sound. After a few minutes of this I was no closer to finding anything, so I gave it up. The next day I was visiting a friend and was then informed of the true source of the sound. Everything then made perfect sense, as I had noticed some of the molts left on trees and has also seen a lot of small holes in the ground that had not been there before. I felt a bit dumb, but at least I know what it is now. — Tim, Jackson, MS

Creature Feature

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: Last night we arrived to find our drive way with many of the bugs. To our horror this morning the ground, trees, and shrubs were covered with Cicadas. Tonight because their are so many you can hear them rustling in the bushes and on the trees, and the noise when they hit the ground. When you look in the trees you can already see some of the white balls, I guees this will be their larva. I noticed not as many birds out today. We have been in our home for eight years and this is the first time we have seen this. — Marda, Jackson TN Madison County

Cicadas everywhere!

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: My front porch is covered with shells and dying cicadas. They are all over the grass and plants in the yard. There are thousands of little holes in the ground and even in the gravel driveway. I am concerned because a large majority of the bugs appear to be dying immediately after emerging from their shell. Does anyone know what could possibly be causing this? — Donna Wood, Jackson, TN

An Abundance of Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: I have never seen so many Cicadas in all my life! They have been here for several days now and their eerie hum fills the woods behind my house. Their little “shells” are clinging to everything in the yard. — Pam Martin, Silver Creek, MS

They are here.

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: I am visiting my parents. When I drove up I heard a buzzing humming noise. The trees are full of the skeletons and I found a living one also. I plan to send these to my kids school so they can see. — cerise barrett, Holcomb, Ms. Carroll county

Cicada Music in Booneville!!

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: Sunday May 12, 2002, Emergence at it’s peak in Booneville. — Max Phillips, Booneville, MS

They are everywhere

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: A few days ago I started noticing little holes all over my yard. This morning I went out & noticed at least a dozen “shells” on the back of my house. I looked up into the trees & there were hundreds.(I live in an area with many large old trees.) Then I looked around some more & discovered the insects were everywhere! They are in all my trees, bushes, & other plants. I hope they don’t eat too much!!!!!! My yard is NWF certified as a widlife habitat. I guess I have one more critter to add to my list — Marcia, Memphis, TN

Bugs divided

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: We live in McNary County and Cicadas are covered from here to Pickwick Dam about 30 miles, but on the other side of the line to Hardaman County they are only a very few why is this? We live on Hwy 57 which comes from Memphis to Pickwick and they are jumping counties this is so wired. At our home there are so many our hummingbirds even left. — Becca, McNeary County, TN.

Cicada Emergence

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: Children came running into the house this morning very excited about a whole lot of white and black bugs everywhere. After my investigation,the cicadas are here. — jermaine butler, Memphis TN.

“A” Cicada?

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: “A” Cicada, meaning one? They are covering my house! What should I do? — Kim Sharp, Savannah, TN

They are here!

Date: Sunday, May/12/2002

Message: I’ve seen Cicadas around here all my life, but tonight I got a surprise. I started seeing these beetle-looking bugs crawling around in my utility room. This room has a door to the backyard, and it was open. Soon I noticed several more of them in there, crawling around, but unlike a beetle, they seemed to be having a lot of trouble! I asked my husband what they were but he didn’t know, and then I remembered seeing the discarded ‘shell’ of a Cicada, (which everyone calls locusts around here). So I asked my husband if they might be locusts coming out of their shells. He said no, but I kept on inspecting them, and I could see the wings through the shell, so I was pretty sure that’s what they were. Anyhow, the population in my utility room was growing, and frankly, that many huge bugs in one place totally gave me the creeps! I went around to the back yard, and my WHOLE ENTIRE back yard is covered with them! They’re hanging from my hostas like x-mas decorations! I’d seen thousands of holes in the ground, but since we’ve had a lot of rain here, I thought they were where birds had dug up worms. NOT! Anyway, most of them in the utility room have emerged now. They’re ‘drying off’ I guess. They are still that whitish color. I haven’t seen any in the neighbors’ yards, so I guess we got the whole family tree in our backyard. I’ve seen them all my life, used to see how many shells I could find as a kid, but I have never seen one while it was emerging before.I know you all have probably seen this a bunch of times, so it might not be a very interesting story to you! Sorry it’s so long as well. Enjoy your Cicadas this summer!Jenn in KY — Jenn, West KY

Cicada Date 5- 10- 2002

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: We have so many their dried shells are sticking almost every where and they are making their noise in the wood’s now, A solid roar. I wonder what purpose they serve some say they come every 7 years to Prune rhe Forest Dell. — D. Helton, U.S.A .Iuka ,MS.38852

Feeding the cicadas…

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: The cicadas feed by inserting their mouthparts into small branches and extracting the fluids from them. To stay alive for two or three weeks, as they can in the wild, they really need living vegetation, i.e. rooted into the ground. But if you want to keep some captive, and who wouldn’t, the next best thing is to keep them provided with fresh branch tips. Replace them at least once a day, if not twice. I found putting the cuttings in water seems to help. But again this is not a perfect substitute for the real thing. Have fun=) — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Cicada Sightings

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: My yard is covered with cicadas and thelittle holes that they emerged from are everywhere. They sound like one wouldexpect flying saucers from outer spaceto sound like. This is the largest “batch” of them in many years. — Vernon, Savannah, TN

We got Cicadas

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: They are all over my door step. I found one that was a few seconds from completly emerging so I was able to watch this cool creature. I collected a couple of them to take to school and I will let them go afterward. I came to this site to find out what to feed them. They make great music too. — Sidney Clayton, Potts Camp, MS

Finally got my hands on some

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: I found light emergence beginning in western Lonoke County at Holland Bottoms Wildlife Management Area near Jacksonville, AR Friday, May 10. Only a small area, about 25 square yards, is showing activity at the moment. I found about 30 emergence holes, 20-30 skins, and 6 adults — 4 cassini, 1 decula, and 1 tredecim. Some of the holes had nymphs staring out at me. The population there will be very dense, though; I saw it in 1989. I’ll be journalizing all of my cicada adventures over the next few weeks. Anyone interested in following along can find it at “Angelfire“. I’ll be updating regularly. — Nick, Cicadas of Arkansas

Cicadas as bait

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: I would not recommend using Cicadas as bait. In the Missouri Ozarks we had periodicals in 1985 and 1998. In 1985 they were fish magnets; usually a Cicada that fell in the water wouldn’t last long before being consumed by a fish. With the sunfish distracted feasting on Cicadas, I caught more big bottom feeders on worms. Saw a kid catch some sunfish on Cicadas.In 1998 I used a couple nymphs as bait and caught Bluegill, and had no success using adults. I tried using a black buzzbait with red eyes, thinking it would simulate the natural cicadas, and had no success whatsoever! The fish could obviously distinguish from the real thing. Witnessed many fish gobble cicadas who had fallen into the water. The noisy males beating their wings in circles got the most attention from fish.It is possible to catch Bass and big Bluegill on them, but there are several problems. They’re fragile and don’t stay on the hook well. A hooked Cicada doesn’t struggle as much as a natural one that fell in the water, so fish are less likely to notice it. I would only use them as an emergency after running out of bait.Am planning to fish on my trip to see/hear XXIII, but won’t try using any as bait.Annual cicadas are probably too big and too difficult to catch to be a feasible bait. — Eric , Missouri

I seen one !!

Date: Saturday, May/11/2002

Message: I woke up this mornin and when I skid back the covers there was one of them cicada locustes grabbed on to my peter ! — Maury Hicks, Benton, TN, Polk co

Cicada’s used for fishing bait?

Date: Friday, May/10/2002

Message: Does anyone know if Cicada’s are a good bait for fishing? Seems like other bugs that only hatch out in the springtime are good bait (ie Mayflies). — john, Lexington, TN

Have they arrived?

Date: Friday, May/10/2002

Message: Have there been any sightings in Ohio or Penn.yet?Thanx — Colin Green, Toronto Ontario Canada

13-year Cicadas in Central Arkansas

Date: Friday, May/10/2002

Message: 13-year Cicadas are emerging in small numbers at Lorance Creek Natural Area in southern Pulaski County, Arkansas. — Michael D. Warriner, Little Rock, Arkansas

Final Posting on Brood XXIII in Clinton

Date: Friday, May/10/2002

Message: The husk count this morning (May 10) has dropped to 27 (all M. tredecim). The choruses continue to be strong and egg laying is conspicuous on young black cherry and oak in my yard. I did another survey of emergence holes in my yard and found an average of 58 per square meter. — Bill P.Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Cicada

Date: Friday, May/10/2002

Message: Oh I have Cicada!!just planted 50 Lilac starter plants and the next thing I know ,Cicada are all over them! my house and yard has them everywhere….how long do these things stay around? what a mess! sherryost [AT] hotmail.com — Sherry, Paris, TN

More on Brood XXIII in Clinton

Date: Thursday, May/9/2002

Message: The husk count through this morning (May 9) from my porch for the 12 day emergence period starting 28 April now stands at 2184 with 92.6% representing M. tredecim. Several mating pairs were observed yesterday afternoon including one pair of “doomed cicadas” with deformed wings. I am also beginning to find dead or lethargic males on the ground. Emergence in Clinton continued through May 21 during for the 1989 group and chorusing continued through the first week of June at various sites in Hinds County. It seems unlikely that this action will persist that long in 2002. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Thankz For Everything

Date: Thursday, May/9/2002

Message: For Some Reason My Teachers Think This Site Isnt Cretible And They No Longer Will Let Me Come On A “Regular” Basis But I Will Keep In Touch ! I Love You Guys ! See Ya Around And Thankz For Everything !!!!! — Warren Edwards, French Camp, Mississippi

What do they look like before they’re nymphs?

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: Hi from CT. My son and I dug up some large redish brown bug cases today when we were putting in a flower bed. Could these be cicadas? We put them in a jar and covered them with dirt in hopes of seeing whatever they are hatch. I hope they’re cicadas, but I’m thinking they probably are some other insect. — Jody, Ansonia, CT

Hundreds emerging!

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: I have been finding hundreds of medium size cicada arriving out to the ground for the past 4 nights. I’m talking hundreds EACH of these nights. It’s almost like a plague here and I’m wondering if any one else has experienced this kind of activity. It’s something I’ve never seen before and I’ve lived here all my life. — Sondra, central Louisiana

more emerging

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: This afternoon I counted 277 new emergence holes in my front yard!I put matches in the ones I counted before! Man, talk about prolific! The husk count is tremendous! — karen butler, Meadville,MS,Homochitto National Forest

Warren

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: Brood XXII emerged in parts of southwestern Mississippi last year (2001), but that’s the only other brood I know of that inhabits the area. Sorry to say, most likely it will be 2014 or 2015 before you see any more after these. — Nick, Jonesboro, AR

All In Full Swing !

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: I Am Begging To Here Faint Chatter From The Woods But Nothing Loud, Me And Scott Are Studying This Phenominea Together. But Let Me Ask This…. This Brood Will Be Back In 13/17 Years Will Another Brood Emerge Next Year (from 13/17 years ago) I Hope So ! I Want To Keep Seeing Them ! Well…Keep Up THe Good Work Everyone ! Ill Check Back Here To See What You All Say ! Thankz For The Answers To My Other Questions…BYE ! — Warren E., French Camp Ms.

Clinton update on Brood XXIII

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: I’m playing catchup on the husk counts for the past few days. Through the morning of May 6, a total of 1824 husks were found on my porch. 92% of these represent one species, M. tredecim, and the two smaller species together make up the other 8%. As of this morning (May 8) the number emerging continues to decline at this site in Clinton, but chorusing continues to be strong. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

BUT WAIT>>>>>>>>>>>THERE’S MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: Wednesday, May/8/2002

Message: meanwhile back here in the forest brood XXIII is going strong! The shells are everwhere and I even had the oppertunity to watch one emerge! The trees here look as though they are alive with all the movement and the chorus behind my house is deafening! This is truly a great experience! Shame on you Mr. Waters fron Jackson! We’ve had a flea infestation in our area and believe me…………. the cicadas are much more pleasant company! Leave them alone, they’ll be gone soon enough or maybe you’d rather have love bugs!!!!!! — Karen butler, Meadville,MS,Homochitto National Forest

Cicadas in North Central Louisiana

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: Large Cicada brood (XXIII?) have been emerging since March 3, 2002 in North Central Louisiana. Location is about 40 miles south of Monroe, La. — Duane Cruse, Grayson, Louisiana

Cicada Invasion

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: Cicadas everywhere!!!! When you go outside you can’t step without stepping on one. They are so loud it sounds like some kind of big machine is running on the next block. — Susan Price, Brandon, MS USA

Cicada Population

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: This has got to be a record population of Cicadas. Has weather conditions played any part in this or is it truly a 13 year cycle? — Deb, Water Valley, Mississippi

how many eggs do they lay

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: how many eggs do cicadas lay — jimmy, mcpherson k.s. u.s.

cicadas

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: how many eggs do they lay — jimmy, mcpherson.K.S.

what is the purpose

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: why are these little things here in the first place what purpose do they serve?[another question]do they have some wierd Greek mytholigical meaning or story to them? — scott leeper, french camp,mississippi

french cicada

Date: Tuesday, May/7/2002

Message: anybody know the info about thetype of cicada living in southern france. My wife is french and we go there often to visit her family. These cicadas are always there, every year. Just wondering about their lifecycle. In france they are called”Cigale” lot of local art and souvenirsrelating to les cigales.thanksHH — Heyward Hodges, Jackson MS

We got them buggers here now.

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: I couldn’t figure out what they were. No wings yet, just funny looking bugs under my two sitting stumps in the front yard. I guess they just dug their way up. — Michael, Leach, TN

To Lisa and Warren

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: The cicadas in Florida and Alabama were most likely Brood XIX, which I generally observed to be less impressive altogether than this brood, XXIII. Also north FL and south AL are on the very fringe of the Brood XIX’s range, whereas Brandon, MS is smack in the middle of Brood XXIII’s range, which may or may not be the reason for the difference.As for Warren over in French Camp, this will last about 3 to 4 weeks and it only happens once every 13 years. Enjoy it while you can. I know I will if they ever show up in Arkansas… — Nick, Jonesboro, AR

Still waiting

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: You guys in Mississippi are having all the fun! You guys STINK!! — not really πŸ˜‰ — I’m still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Homopterous oddities here in NE Arkansas. And, um, about that cicada-killing guy down there… I bet we could all take him if we work together. πŸ˜‰ Anyway, you guys have fun down there while it lasts! — Nick, Jonesboro, AR

CICADAS

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: We are located in Western Pennsylvania, very close to the West Virginia state line. Yesterday, (5/5/02)we found the first sign of the 17 year Cicadas. We were transplanting some periennials, and there they were just about to emerge from the soil. I’m sure we will be hearing their songs very soon! — KF, hOOKSTOWN, PA

I found the mother lode…

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: Got home this evening and heard twice the volume than yesterday. looking up in a bradford pear tree, it lookedlike the bark was alive. got my binoculars out to get a close look andthey are just covering the tree. One about every square inch. HH — Heyward Hodges, Jackson MS -Cicada Central

Message for Warren

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: Warren: Try following the links on this site to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology page on Periodical Cicadas. I think most of your questions can be answered there. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

CICADAS ARE OUR FRIENDS !

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: Dont Kill Another Cicada YOU SICK FREAK ! YOU GIVE YOUR KIDS KNIVES TO KILL THEM?! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE ?! They Are Our Friends…I Love To Study These Creatures. Its So Fasnating I Wish They Would Keep Comming For Months…YEAR ROUND ! Here At The Academy Its Quite Intresting. Myself And 3 Others Are Doing A Extensive Study On Them. I Wish Someone Would Respond To My Previous Messages Though…Anyways STOP THE KILLING WERIDO ! — LONG LIVE THE CICADAS — Warren E., French Camp Mississippi

They’re Here!

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: We have hundreds of them here in central Miss. The noise is deafening. Can’t wait to get home from work to listen tonight. — Audie, Crystal Springs Mississippi

DIE ! KILL ! EXTERMINATE !

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: I Have Killed Hundreds Of These Buggers And They Just Keep Comming I Have My Kids Slice Them Semetricaly With Scapules From my Office. I Diecide To Get 20 Spray Cans Of Raid And Some Flea Bombs And Put THem Around Trees ! The Death Toll Is Huge…Maybe This Will Put A Dent In Their Population ! — Bobby Waters, Jackson Ms.

Saw emerging cicada

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: On May 2, I saw a cicada in the grass near the base of my pine tree. I guess it had just emerged and was drying it’s wings. Strange looking creature. Red eyes, green iridecent body – lacy wings. Facinating! Before I saw it I thought one of my neighbors had been running a motor for several days. Then I realized it’s the cicadas. They’re loud little buggers! — Angela, Jackson, Mississippi

Kindergarten Kids Love These

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: Just in time! We’ve been learning about insects and now our playground is covered with Cicadas! The children love to get them on sticks to look at closely. They can see the legs and other body parts great! Hands on learning! — Spann Elementary Kindergarten, Jackson, MS

They Keep On Commin’

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: I See Them Everywhere But I Never GOt An Answer To My Previous Message….How Long Will This Last And Does This Happen Every Year Here?….PLease Someone….There Swarming Our Campus And One Kid Had Over 300 “HEADS” In A Clossed Testude…. (really werid)…. I Find Them Most Fasinating Things Around… I Catch The Nymphs And Put Them On My Wall In The Dorm And They Molt…etc…etc …. Anyways Im HAving Fun I Want TO Know How Long They Will Keep This Up….. (P.S. My Friend Says There Good In Cholate Pudding) — Warren E., French Camp Mississippi

Cicadas are here!!

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: We are in Brandon and have been watching the emergence of the Cicadas for over a week now.It’s an amazing event! They are everywhere and in every stage of emergence. There are holes everywhere. We didn’t know what the holes were at first, then we figured it out. There has also been this whirring sound for about 4 or 5 days but not right in the yard. We are guessing it is the cicadas. Hope all the parents out there get a chance to educate their kids about this wonderful bit of nature. After all, it doesn’t come around too often. Happy Cicada viewing! — Lauren, Brandon, Mississippi

My dog loves ’em too!

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: We first saw the husks of the bugs on Weds. last week (May 2nd) and weren’t sure what they were. My dog was eating them and so were the red ants. The next day I spotted one crawling up one of our Oak trees, and the wings weren’t yet apparent – so it looked really strange with its bristly legs and bright red eyes. The next day (Friday) I saw scores of them in the trees, in my flower boxes in the windows, and walking all over my daugher’s swing set. They are now making their courtship sounds loudly in the evening and morning. I remember seeing them as a kid growing up in Florida, and then again as a teen in Mobile. They seem alot louder and larger in number here in Mississippi. — Lisa, Brandon, Mississippi

West Monroe, Louisiana specimen

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: One of my students brought a specimen of Magicicada tredecim from West Monroe, Louisiana that he captured May 5, 2002. Brood XXIII was certainly expected in that area but I haven’t seen any postings to that effect. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

No Bugs Yet

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: It’s Monday May 6th here just 1/2 hour north of Pittsburgh – looking forward to the emergence but haven’t spotted a single cicada yet. Nights are still pretty cool here. I believe that we are most likely out of the freeze threat. Have had plenty of rain here in Western Pa. and this week looks like rain for the majority of days. I have noticed many other flying insects – seems like more than usual – especially honey bees and bumble bees, wasps and hornets. Most likely attributable to very mild winters for the past few years here. Late last summer I noticed several spottings of “palmetto bugs” – look like giant japanese beetles engaged in a circular “dance” about 2 – 5 feet off the ground… Perhaps some kind of courting behavior?Oh well, I’ll post again in a week or so – sooner if I spot any cicadas…JoeP.S. Bob – send me a pic of the ants you spotted – toungetwist [AT] hotmail.com — Joe, Ambridge, Pennsylvania

More on Brood XXIII

Date: Monday, May/6/2002

Message: Although reduced in numbers, the emergence of Magicicada continues in Clinton. On the morning of May 5 there were 135 M. tredecim husks and 7 of the M. tredecula/M. tredecassini type on my back porch. I also did an emergence hole count and found an average of 41 per square meter. Last night the emergence seemed to be higher again but I have not completed the count. All three species can be heard singing throughout the Clinton area. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Hatch full bore here in Jackson, MS

Date: Sunday, May/5/2002

Message: The XXIII hatch here in Jackson continues. I’ve got a 60+ year old Oak in the front and the hatch around that oak is very dense. The number of shells at the base of the trees near the oak looks like the aftermath of a multiple person eat of boiled crawfish. Also, one the trunk of one pine have a very small ant with bulbous red butt (that I have never seen before) that is attacking those cicadas that are struggling to exit. Really surprising how high into a tree and how far out on the limbs that these buggers will climb. Post here if you would like me to send a digital pic of the ants I noted above. — Bob, Jackson, MS

dog loves em

Date: Sunday, May/5/2002

Message: My little Miniature Pinscher (Greta)is feasting on the little boogers.She has found them in the azalea bushesand gobbles em up. I watched her eata dozen this morning. Cicada on the half shell. hmmm hmmm good.The noise today is deafening. A deep almost siren sounding distant dronewith the sharp chirping of closer ones.Awesome. I would love to know moreabout their lifecycle.email at hh [AT] tsafety.com — Heyward Hodges, Jackson MS

Pissing Cicadas

Date: Sunday, May/5/2002

Message: Read this message that came in through the email:I would like to know why do green cicadas “piss”? There is this one tree i SUkau where there are may be 100’s of green cicadas on it and they seem to be pissing from the tree.PleaseadviseAnyone have a clue? — Dan, Cicada Town

There are here!

Date: Saturday, May/4/2002

Message: What a sound! Outdoors you can hardly have a conversation! First noticed them 3 days ago, it gets louder everyday. — jay, West of Brookhaven MS

Brood XXIII is abundant in Homochitto Forest

Date: Saturday, May/4/2002

Message: may 4th… I live in the Homochittto Forest in Franklin County,Ms.We are southwest of Mr.Stark from Clinton. Brood XXIII has really come out in great numbers here! As I sit here I can hear their chorusing like surround sound! It sounds like one of those alien flying soucers from the old 50’s and 60’s sci-fi movies.I think they are too cool,especially the big red eyes! To all that have fears of them…….relax!!!! I’ve been close to these wonderful creatures for years and never once got bitten,abducted or molested by one! — karen butler, meadville,ms>>>>homochitto forest

Emergence wanes in Clinton

Date: Saturday, May/4/2002

Message: This morning (May 4) the number of emerging Magicicada is drastically lower than for the past two days. Only 88 M. tredecim husks and 5 M. tredecula/M. tredecassini were found on my porch. A colleague at Ole Miss reports the emergence is underway in Oxford as of Wednesday, May 1. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

WHY ME????

Date: Friday, May/3/2002

Message: THIS S IS SERIOUS!!! I HAVE BEEN INVADED BY CICADAS FOR 5 DAYS. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE, IN MY TREES, ON MY CARS, UNDER MY CAR-PORT, IN MY YARD. I HATE THESE INSECTS. THEY DO NOT COME 1, 20, MAYBE 50. THEY COME 200, 300, 400. I AM SCARED OF THEM BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER SEEN THEM AND I DO NOT KNOW IF THEY CAN HARM ME. THESE INSECTS ARE NEW TO ME AND MY NEIGHBORHOOD. WE ARE CALLING EVERYWHERE FOR PROFESSIONAL HELP, BUT THE PROFESSIONALS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THESE INSECTS. I WISH THEY LEAVE!!!!!!! — Tamra M., JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

ITS SO COOL ! I WANT TO KNOW MORE !

Date: Friday, May/3/2002

Message: Nucklear [AT] email.com ! I Want Information On This ! How Long Will They Keep Comming Out? Im Studying Them With All My Might Here At French Camp Academy In Mississippi ! I Want To Contribute To The Site And Help Anyway ! Thankz ! — Warren E., French Camp Acedemy Mississippi

More Brood XXIII counts from the back porch

Date: Friday, May/3/2002

Message: During the 1989 emergence of Brood XXIII I counted almost 9000 exuvia from my backyard during the entire emergence. Now that I’m 13 years older I’m only checking the back porch; this morning (May 3) the count was 462 M. tredecim and 44 M. tredecula/tredecassini. This gives a total of 1210 husks recovered from the porch over the first 6 days of the emergence. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Freaking Out!!!

Date: Friday, May/3/2002

Message: Our yard looks like it has been aerated. Holes everywhere. At night, cicadas cover our yard and in the mornings there are thousands of shells around our trees. Shells are even stuck all over our house (brick) and window screens. I’ve never seen anything like it! But pretty neat though. — Terrie, Florence, Ms

Brood XXIII Songs are in the air

Date: Thursday, May/2/2002

Message: Yesterday afternoon (May 1) a few songs songs could be heard in the woods near my home in Clinton. Today at noon a much more pronounced low hum was audible. The chorus is underway. Emergence last night got the attention of people all over the Jackson metropolitan area and my own back porch looked like a cicada war zone. When it all settled out there were 485 M. tredecim husks and 54 of the M. tredecula/M. tredecassini small type husks. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

cicada

Date: Thursday, May/2/2002

Message: We have cicadas in Florence, MS. My question do they bite humans? I have a two year old and I don’t want her bitten. My trees look like they are moving we have so many in our yard. — Renee, Florence, MS

I have them in my own yard!!

Date: Thursday, May/2/2002

Message: On April 28, 02. I woke up as usual, but nothing was usual when I looked out my door, there were hundreds of Insects on my house and porch. I didnt know what to do, so I just swept it away, and then it happen the next 3 mornings also, I finally called the pest control people, who came out and told me my insects are none other then Cicadas. I have hundreds of them, and there shells, I hate to kill them but what else can I do, my kids are scared to come outside… — Paula, Jackson Mississippi

Brood XXIII emergence in full swing

Date: Wednesday, May/1/2002

Message: Exuvia counts from my porch are: 15, 16, 27 and 107 for the first 4 nights of the emergence (April 28-May 1). 92.7% of these represent M. tredecim. In addition to the Clinton emergences, a few other sites have been noted. These include Hazelhurst, Byram, Raymond and Jackson all in central Mississippi. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

April 30, 2002

Cicada Comments from April 2002

Filed under: Brood VIII | Brood XXIII | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:53 am

More news on Brood XX111

Date: Monday, Apr/29/2002

Message: One of my current entomology students brought a single specimen of M. tredecim to class this morning that was also captured April 28 in Raymond, Mississippi (Hinds County) about 10 miles southwest of Clinton. She reported seeing hundreds of husks and emergence holes at this site. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

Any new links?

Date: Sunday, Apr/28/2002

Message: I’m glad to hear the emergence of Brood XXIII has begun. If anyone finds any new cicada site links please email them to us. — Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters

Brood XXIII emergence

Date: Sunday, Apr/28/2002

Message: The emergence of Brood XXIII is now underway. This morning (April 28, 2002) I have 15 husks and several adult Magicicada specimens on my back porch. The adults are all M. tredecim but two of the nymphs which failed to emerge represent one of the smaller species. Clinton Community Nature Center, where I serve as a volunteer, will hold a program on May 11 on the nature trails to celebrate “Cicada Magic”; if the 2002 emergence is as impressive as the 1989 one we should all get an earful. — Bill P. Stark, Clinton, Mississippi, USA

a new experience.

Date: Friday, Apr/26/2002

Message: For all my life I heard the cicadas and didn’t know what they were. I thought they were just locusts reacting to the hot summer weather, like hearing the crickets at night. Just recently I found out they were cicada’s, and that they emerge from the ground at night and molt on the trees. I find this to be interesting and when they appear again this year I will for the first time more closely be observing them around me. I will have joined the cicada mania πŸ™‚ — stelcha, chicago, ill.

Aaahhh… The Tension mounts!

Date: Friday, Apr/26/2002

Message: Judging by the recent posts… I’d say the anticipation is beginning to grow. I’ll be monitoring the activity of Brood VIII personally and gearing up for several (tons of) field trips! The next few weeks will be getting very interesting!Les — Les Daniels, Fremont, Ohio U.S.A.

Mississippi and Louisiana

Date: Thursday, Apr/25/2002

Message: About that reporting on cicada emergences, I especially urge you to post here if and you see Brood XXIII emerging in Louisiana or Mississippi. They tend to emerge sooner to the south because of the warmer climate, and a report of emergers to my south will give me a much-needed heads-up here in northeast Arkansas. — Nick, Arkansas

Let us know if the cicadas are out…

Date: Thursday, Apr/25/2002

Message: Hi – I’m part of a group researching the periodical cicadas, and we are interested in any reports of emergences of Broods XXIII and VIII so that we can plan our field work as we go. Send messages to david.marshall [AT] uconn.edu. Thanks! — David Marshall, University of Connecticut

Where?and When? to view Cicadas

Date: Thursday, Apr/25/2002

Message: I am hoping to make a trip to easternPennsylvania or western Ohio.Could someone please sugest a hot spot and abasic time line of the Cicadas arrival?Thank You — Colin Green, Toronto,Ontario,Canada

Utah cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Apr/24/2002

Message: Last week (April 18) near Oak City, UT, I found fresh cast skins of a very small cicada, probably Platypedia or Neoplatypedia spp. The weather vas very poor, so I didn’t see or hear any adults “clicking” These species do not sing. — Tim McNary, Ft. Collins CO

Thanks for the help!

Date: Wednesday, Apr/24/2002

Message: I’ve been working on this tiring and big insect project for school, and I needed some info on cicadas. The FAQs helped me a lot! I jotted down some things on the periodical cicada. I had all I needed–right here! — M’ia, California

view me — i am a cicada

Date: Wednesday, Apr/24/2002

Message: greetings from illinois. we cicadas eagerly await brood xxiii. visit www.fpmrecords.com to see my beautiful self. — chirpy, illinois

You might want to fix one of those FAQ’s…

Date: Tuesday, Apr/23/2002

Message: One of them says adult cicadas don’t need to eat. But actually they do, at least Tibicens, anyway. I used to keep the adults in captivity to test their life span, and usually I would cut small tree branches and place them in water in the cicadas’ enclosure. The cicadas used their food tube to bore through the thin bark and suck juices out of the plants. But when I let the branches die or neglected to provide cicadas with fresh ones, it greatly shortened their life spans. This happened pretty consistently so I think it’s safe to say the adults have to eat, at least the Tibicen cicadas for sure. — Nick, Arkansas

Don’t worry, Alexa

Date: Tuesday, Apr/23/2002

Message: Yep, they’ll be visiting western PA in about 3 or 4 weeks, but not to worry. They’re nothing to be scared of. All they’ll do is make a lot of noise and clutter your yard for about a month, then they’ll disappear for 17 more years. And the populations are spotty so they might miss your pad altogether! =) — Nick, Arkansas

Are they coming

Date: Sunday, Apr/21/2002

Message: Are the cicada really coming this year, 2002, to Pennsylvania. I live in Southwestern PA and was curious as to their arrival. I am very frightened of these insects-can you please ease my worry? — Alexa, New Brighton

10 lbs Cicada

Date: Sunday, Apr/21/2002

Message: A 10 lbs cicada bit the ear off of my pet pitbull — Paul, Widnoon

giant cicada

Date: Sunday, Apr/21/2002

Message: Holy s***, we seen a ten pounder.Bit off my pit bulls ear. Tried to catch that sucker but I damn near lost a finger. — Hez, templeton pennsylvania

Brood XXIII in E. Arkansas, SE Missouri and W. Tennessee

Date: Monday, Apr/8/2002

Message: Brood XXIII should emerge here within the next minth. Can hardly wait. Check out my newly-remodeled Cicadas of Arkansas site at Angelfire and it shouldn’t surprise you… =) — Nick, Arkansas

March 31, 2002

Cicada Comments from March 2002

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:51 am

NEW ADDRESS FOR CICADA INFO!!!!

Date: Saturday, Mar/30/2002

Message: IT’S MARCH 30TH, 2002, AND TOO EARLY FOR ANY SIGHTINGS. BUT IT’S TIME TO UPDATE MY EMAIL ADDRESS SO ANYONE WANTING TO SEND ME THAT CICADA INFO., OR ANYTHING ELSE FOR THAT MATTER CAN DO IT. THE SEPTEMBER 11TH SITUATION HAD IT COMING, I HAD IT COMING!!! THE WORLD TRADE CENTER HAD SIGNIFICANCE FOR ME THAT I DID NOT RECOGNIZE!!! I’VE BEEN THERE A NUMBER OF TIMES OVER THE YEARS!! I HAVE GONE BY “THE TURKEY” FOR SOME TIME NOW, BUT IT’S TIME FOR A BIG CHANGE!!! FORGET MY OLD ADDRESS, AND SEND ALL CICADA INFO. OR OTHER CORRESPONDENCE TO: “twintowersturkey [AT] intouchmi.com” KERMIT SIMON, THE “TWIN TOWERS TURKEY” — KERMIT SIMON, TEMPORARILY OF READING, PA.

Cicadas

Date: Friday, Mar/29/2002

Message: This site is great but i havnt found and information on Cicadas and i have a book report that is due tuesday — Shannon, 3308 se 89 #166 oklahoma city,ok

Southeast Missouri in 1989 and 2002

Date: Thursday, Mar/21/2002

Message: The brood maps show a 13-year brood (XXIII?) for 1989, 2002, etc, with a range that includes parts of southeast Missouri. I’m planning a short vacation in southeast MO in late May and hope to see/hear them. Would be nice to hear periodicals before the “main” MO brood returns in 2011. Does anyone remember hearing this brood in 1989 and where they heard them? Are they widely distributed within their range and is their density high? I was thinking of trying heavily-forested areas such as Trail of Tears and Big Oak Tree state parks. Thanks in advance for any info about this brood. — Eric, Missouri

The Winner! is Me.

Date: Friday, Mar/15/2002

Message: I’m sure you knew at the time that my photograph of a freshly hatched tibicen (Thanks for genus id, Les Daniels)was the winner of the Cicada art contest. I am not credited with the photograph (as far as I can see) in the Gallery. I would appreciate having my name added to the photo. Pete — Pete Dickson, Cincinnati, OH

Australian Cicada Sounds

Date: Saturday, Mar/9/2002

Message: I’m from Sydney, Australia, but I haven’t been home in years. I was just watching a documentary on my old home town, when they played a few seconds of cicada sounds. The memories came flooding back: Catching cicadas, their eternal summer song. I’m a pretty tough, beefy guy, but I swear I misted up. If anyone knows where I can download the sounds of some true-blue australian cicadas, well I’d be in their debt.kieran_mccabe [AT] excite.com — kieran_mccabe [AT] excite.com, London, UK

February 28, 2002

Cicada Comments from February 2002

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:49 am

Cicada screen savers and stuff

Date: Monday, Feb/25/2002

Message: Being from the west coast california, we do not have cicadas. there is a very small species in the vally that lives in grass but nothing as spectacular as the larger cicadas in the souther US. I got a chance to see one emerge in a rest area in texas. amazing. anyway, i use the cicada as the logo for my personal website www.andonia.com check it out, there are some nice flash files i make for the main page and when theyre retired, i make them into screen savers you can download. if you have any good images of cicadas, please send them to me. would love some new art. steve – www.andonia.com — steve, DC

Re Specimen

Date: Thursday, Feb/21/2002

Message: I don’t have any for sale, but I can send you some from Texas. I would like to trade if you have any extras. johnne [AT] netjava.com — Wes Phillips, Fritch, TX

Re: Is this a cicada?

Date: Sunday, Feb/17/2002

Message: Yours is a picture of a Jerusalem cricket, sometimes called a sand cricket. They are fairly common in California, but rarely seen because they are nocturnal. Usually they are found under rocks, but in California at this time of year the are often flooded out from their hiding place. Your County Ag Commissioner in Salinas may be able to give you more information. — Tim McNary, Ft Collins, CO

Re Is this a Cicada?

Date: Saturday, Feb/16/2002

Message: I tried to post an image – didn’t work. http://www.starleigh.com/traver/insect.jpg — Traver, Salinas, California – (near Monterey)

Is this a Cicada?

Date: Saturday, Feb/16/2002

Message: — Traver, Salinas, California – (near Monterey)

Specimen

Date: Friday, Feb/15/2002

Message: Looking to purchase all kinds of cicada specimen in good conditions. — P Au (Mr), Hong Kong

January 31, 2002

Cicada Comments from January 2002

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:46 am

cicada noise

Date: Thursday, Jan/31/2002

Message: Please! Please! can you help me find information on how to temporarily stop the noise emitted my the cicada. If you don’t know how to stop it, could you send contacts that might have any info that could assist my search. Thanks for your time. Christine — Christine, sunshine coast QLD, Australia

Texas A&M collection

Date: Friday, Jan/25/2002

Message: I recently spent a couple of days in the insect collection at Texas A&M in College Station. They have an excellent collection and I have taken notes on some of the species represented. Really Good Stuff!Wes — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas

Cincinnati Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Jan/23/2002

Message: Brood X of the Periodical Cicadas are due to emerge in 2004 in the Cincinnati area. They will be present from around May 20 until the end of June, weather permitting. There is a possibility of a few hundred individuals emerging one year earlier in 2003, but these should be only in scattered locations if at all. There will be no doubt when they emerge in 2004. They will be very noticeable. — John Zyla, Ridge, Maryland, USA

Schedule

Date: Tuesday, Jan/22/2002

Message: Can anyone tell me when the Cicadas will return to Cincinnati. It seems that it will be 2003, but there is a post saying that it is 2004.Does anyone know for sure? What about month and duration?Many thanks! — Peggy Bailey, Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Malaysian cicada

Date: Monday, Jan/7/2002

Message: we found a flattened cicada in a pack of wood from malaysia, and we have been trying to find out more about them, ie their habitat and life span, can you help. it looks like either a pompone imperatoria, or a ayuthia spectabilis. if any one knows please feel free to e-mail me at mooreclub [AT] aol.com, thanks — mike moore, swindon. united kingdom

RE: The Three Dots

Date: Friday, Jan/4/2002

Message: It sound like you are describing the ocelli. Ocelli are simple eyes, located between the larger compound eyes on the heads of many insects. Cicadas always have 3 ocelli. The 3 ocelli on cicadas form a triangle with the apex pointed down toward the mouth and out toward the compound eyes. If you are looking for information on Australian cicadas, I would recommend the book “Australian Cicadas” by Max Moulds. — Tim McNary, Ft. Collins, Colorado, USA

The Three Dots

Date: Friday, Jan/4/2002

Message: I’ve been loving this cicada season, my 4 year old son has been loving it more, even though the noise id defining and i have to turn the music or TV up a few notches i still love it. I was wondering what those 3 shiny dots are on the forehead of the cicada. Thanks to anyone who can help. — jan, Terrigal, Aus

December 31, 2001

Cicada Comments from December 2001

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:43 am

RE: IDs of Bolivian and Panamanian Cicadas

Date: Saturday, Dec/29/2001

Message: Sorry, I forgot my email address to contact me regarding IDs of the cicadas from Panama and Bolivia. If you are interested in receiving files with pictures of the cicadas, email me at: timjcathym [AT] aol.com — Tim McNary, Ft. Collins, CO, USA

Need help with IDs of Bolivian and Panamanian Cicada

Date: Saturday, Dec/29/2001

Message: I have quite a number of cicada species in my collection from Panama and Bolivia, which I can not identify. If anyone is familiar with the cicada fauna of these region, I can send you e-photos to look at. Even getting them to genera would be very helpful. Thanks — Tim McNary, Ft. Collins, CO

Australia

Date: Wednesday, Dec/26/2001

Message: Cicadas always do what’s normal — for them at least. My best advice is to grin and bear it, or get some insect netting for your veranda. — Dan, Frozen New Jersey

Happy New Years, and Replies

Date: Wednesday, Dec/26/2001

Message: Tracy (8/22), there are pictures of burrows in the Galleries. Charles (8/24), sounds more like a Hollywood movie than a cicada emergence. Better call Ghost Busters or the Men In Black. Leigh (8/31), sounds like a Tibicen chloromera. Stelcha (9/2), cicadas blend well with the color and texture of a tree – they also might be sitting on top of a branch where you can’t see them. Robert (9/7), you’ve spotted a different Genus of cicada, which is why you didn’t see it on the maps we refer to. Most of the maps we refer to on the site are for Magicicada only. Vivian (9/10), cicadas don’t sting, but they do make sounds day and night. The sound they make differs with temperature, which is why you don’t think you hear them at night, but you do, you just think they’re crickets. TomBrooklyn (10/17), cicadas might not live in the BK, but they do live up in the mountains, which is why you didn’t see them. Dave (11/5) you found a Tibicen (the genus), but I’m not sure which species of Tibicen you’ve found. — Dan, Frozen New Jersey

Noise

Date: Saturday, Dec/22/2001

Message: These cicadas are driving me crazy and have been since early December. How long beofre they quit? In 1998 they went on for about four weeks then tailed off. Is this normal. 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 reasonable. Using ear plugs to keep sane. — jean langhorn, Nr. Coffs Harbour NSW Australia

To Rosalie

Date: Saturday, Dec/15/2001

Message: I wish I had your problem. It is now winter in my area, and the sweet song of the cicada is not heard in the land. I would love it if you could catch some for me. Australia has some of the most beautiful cicadas in the world. Other than the infernal racket, they are harmless. They don’t bite or sting and they make (music?) Write me at johnne [AT] netjava.com.Wes Phillips — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas

Plagued By Cicadas

Date: Saturday, Dec/15/2001

Message: Help please!! I need to know how long they last or something? I can’t go out of my front door at night. there is literally thousands of them, black, green, orange I think, flying around and sitting all over my front lawn, varandah, walls, and walkways. I can’t stand the noise but that’s nothing compared to feeling like a prisoner at night. I’ve never seen anything like it. this time last year this was not a problem at all. so what is happening? and will they go really soon or will they last all summer like this? i couldn’t stand it if they did. honestly you wouldn’t believe it. any advice would be appreciated. Rosalie πŸ™‚ — Rosalie, The Hunter, NSW, Australia

TURN DOWN THE VOLUME

Date: Monday, Dec/10/2001

Message: THE CIDADAS NOISE IS ALSO DRIVING ME NUTS, WISH SOMEONE COULD COME UP WITH A REMOTE CONTROL TO TURN THERE VOLUME DOWN. THEY CARRY ON FROM 5AM UNTIL 7PM EVERY DAY. THEN AT NIGHT IF WE SIT ON OUR VERANDAH THEY DIVE BOMB US. WE HAVE TO TURN THE LIGHTS OFF TO KEEP THE NUMBERS DOWN. — Denise, Darwin NT Australia

November 30, 2001

Cicada Comments from November 2001

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:41 am

The CICADA NOISE is DRIVING ME NUTS

Date: Saturday, Nov/24/2001

Message: I am over run with these CICADA insects….I am not well and since these insects have invaded my property they buzz and make their noise 24 hrs a day seven days a week non stop…….I have no trees either on my property or anywhere near my property……Please tell me how I can get rid of them so I can regain some of my health….Thank you — DOLLY, FT.LAUDERDALE,Fla

Local Cicadas

Date: Wednesday, Nov/21/2001

Message: I have been collecting Cicadas in the Texas Panhandle all summer. The most common seems to be Tibicen dorsata, but I have also found Tibicen superba, Tibicen pruinosa, Diceroprocta vitripennis, Melampsalta calliope, Pacarina puella, and what may be Tibicen aurifera. Anybody want to trade?johnne [AT] netjava.com — Wes Phillips, Fritch, Texas

Cicada I.D.

Date: Monday, Nov/5/2001

Message: Greetings Dan and all. I really enjoy your site. I’ve been a cicada fanatic since I was a little tike, and now that I’m a big tike fast approaching 60, I’m still a fanatic. Do some of us ever grow up? I’m wanting help in identifing a cicada. My quest goes back some 40 years + and I have no pictures to show. This is all from memory. When I was in the third grade of school I visited friends with my parents on the south east edge of Illinois on the Little Wabash River. While walking along a wooded area I found an unusual dead cicada (a male specimen). I took it back to the house and put it on the window sill outside. Next mourning when I went to fetch it, it was gone. A critter must have got it. I did not see this type cicada again until I started high school. A teacher had a display case with a few insects mounted in it. What caught my eye was (you guessed it)the cicada (a female specimen). These are the only two cicada’s of this color I have seen in my 57 year life time. Let me describe them. The color of the intire body was a light brown. The only green was the irregular shapes within the banded area from both sides of the center line. The underneath side was entirely chalky white-no black stripes. My memory does not recall if the wing veins or legs were green or brown. It’s shape and features were like that of Tibicen Chloromera except being light brown as opposed to dark green/almost black. These two specimens had the faint pencil like W on the back just below the band area like the Chloromeras as opposed to the fancy W found on many cicada’s. Is this a deviation from the norm where the pigment did not come out in Chloromera? Was this cicada out of its normal range if it exist? Since there was a male and female, is it a true separate species? Is it common in another region or state? If anyone has info or a gif, or a jpeg that could be sent to me,it would be much appreciated. dpatton [AT] midwest.com. — Dave Patton, Valier, IL. USA

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