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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

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

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

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

October 31, 2001

Cicada Comments from October 2001

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:39 am

2001 NY Brood Not Seen

Date: Wednesday, Oct/17/2001

I did not see any cicadas although the NY brood was suppossed to emerge this year. Can anyone tell me why? Do they not live in Brooklyn? =TB= — TomBrooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Green Locust

Date: Monday, Oct/15/2001

My friend saw a huge green locust as he came in my door, buzzing near his head. Of course, this came right after a conversation, today, about the end of the world,.. so I nearly freaked out! haha,.. I have not seen locusts in so long, I forgot how neat they are. — CS, NM, RB, Coral Springs, FL, USA

need to what it is and what it eats

Date: Saturday, Oct/6/2001

hi need help found what we think is an baby locust it is about 1 inch long it has two big wings and two under wings ,and when you pick it up its underbelly is kinda yellowish green if you know what it is please answer ASAP oh yeah also need to know what it would eat. thanks cessna196 [AT] aol.com — amber and marissa, Florida usa

Research for a nearly completed novel

Date: Friday, Oct/5/2001

I have nerly completed a novel about New Orleans, which contains a few paragraphs on the cicadas (or “locusts” as they are mistakenly called here). Some time ago I saw a film in which the main character quoted a poem about the locut’s song, but can’t remember which film it was. It might have been independent. Anyway, if anyone knows, could you please inform me? I would like to include it in that particular segment. Thank you! — Elizabeth, New Orleans, LA

September 30, 2001

Cicada Comments from September 2001

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:37 am

Where do I hide?

Date: Tuesday, Sep/25/2001

It seems many of you really like the sights and sounds of the cicadas. Personaly, they freak me out! The last plague of them was in Cincinnati in 1987 and it was a nightmare for me. When the next batch come in 2004, I want to be anywhere but here. Can anyone tell me a good place to go then? Does LA get them at that time. If not, I will go and visit my brother. Help! I am already dreading 2004. Thanks — Christa, Cincinnati, OH

mystery cicada

Date: Friday, Sep/14/2001

a few years ago I managed a decent photo of a cicada in the coastal plain of North Carolina in September 1999. Would you care to see if you could ID it? Randy Emmittbirdcr [AT] concentric.comwww.rlephoto.com — Randy Emmitt, Durham, NC

Will they die out

Date: Monday, Sep/10/2001

Im a mail carrier, and I have to deal with the cicadas every summer. I was told by my father when I was little that cicadas are dangerous, and they will sting the hell out of you. I want to know if the cicadas will just die out or will I just have to worry about this for the rest of my career. Also I want to know why do the cicadas make those different sounds, and why they only do it when the sun is out. — Vivian Walker, 5100 Mineola Rd College Park MD 20740

Cicada capture

Date: Saturday, Sep/8/2001

I captured and mounted what I believe is an adult male North American. He was apparently exhausted and near death as he was easy to catch. Lived in this state for all of my 39 yrs and never knew about these critters till last week. Was caught 8/31/2001. Apparently these can survive -30 F temps of winter or they fly long distances??Thanks Brian B — Brian Broughten, Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

Cicadas in my back yard?

Date: Friday, Sep/7/2001

I watched one emerge from its shell lastnight. It hung around for about 5 hoursthen left. I do not see on the maps anyindications that they live as far southand west as Houston. Could this be a different insect or have they migratedfurther south and now live in a largerarea? — Robert Johnson, Houston, Texas

e-mail contact

Date: Friday, Sep/7/2001

Hello: I would like to get in touch with “H.Bakkenes Holland “, who took the pictures shown here: https://www.cicadamania.com/french.html I did not find a way to contact him through the site. Thanks V Daneu daneu [AT] ll.mit.edu — Vincenzo Daneu, Woburn, MA, USA

video artist seeks cicada photos

Date: Sunday, Sep/2/2001

I am working on a project that involves cicadas. I’m looking for images and diagrams of the cicada. I would like to use them in an animation. email me if interestedyou will get credit for the imagesblitheriley [AT] hotmail.com — blithe, chicago

video artist seeks cicada photos

Date: Sunday, Sep/2/2001

I am working on a project that involves cicadas. I’m looking for images and diagrams of the cicada. I would like to use them in an animation. email me if interestedyou will get credit for the imagesblitheriley [AT] hotmail.com — blithe, chicago

elusive cicada

Date: Sunday, Sep/2/2001

Why can’t I see the cicada’s in the trees. I walk all around the tree trying to spot them and I can’t see a single one. How can that be? Being that they are so big and there are so many of them how can they hide so well? It befuddles me. — stelcha, Illinois

August 30, 2001

Cicada Comments from August 2001

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:34 am

What species is this?

Date: Friday, Aug/31/2001

On a walk, my father found a cicada. I was wondering if anybody could help identify it . . . about 3cm, and has green and black camolflaged(spelling?) body. The under side is white with a black stripe going down the centre. If their is anyone who could help please write me . . .leigh [AT] lipschitz.comThanx.-Leigh — Leigh, Webster, New York

Eyeglasses or Sunglass bag

Date: Tuesday, Aug/28/2001

I never heard of the cicada insect until my Mother recently sent me a sunglass/eyeglass holder she made that looks like the cicada. I thought I would look it up on the internet to see what is was all about and was surprised to see the interest. The bag is made out of beautiful material. When you pull the string to close the bag, the wings spread out. Very cool. If any body is interested in purchasing a bag, please let me know. We didn’t plan on selling them, but if there is a market and somebody would like one, why not? Of course, I haven’t told her yet. You can email me at jjmcnally [AT] earthlink.com.Thanks.Jan — Jan , Portland, Oregon

cicada identification

Date: Tuesday, Aug/28/2001

thanx for the identity tip, i think i’ve been hearing tibicen canicularis. although the cicadas of michigan page’s example is a bit different sounding (higher pitched) the song is the same. while this cicada seems to be the predominant one around (year after year), i’ve also heard chlomera and linneia cicada’s intermixed — jason howard, skaneateles ny

CICADAS HERE ARE DAMAGING THE WOOD ON OUR HOUSE

Date: Sunday, Aug/26/2001

THIS YEAR HAS SEEN A FLOOD OF CICADAS IN THE CENTRAL PART OF ARKANSAS. OUR HOUSE WAS PAINTED LAST YEAR IN THE FALL AND WE ARE HAVING TO DO EXTENSIVE TOUCH UPS DUE THEIR EATING OF THE BROWN PAINT AND SOMETIME THE WOOD. SINCE THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ON THE HOUSE, I USE WASP SPRAY TO KNOCK THEM DOWN. SINCE JULY, I HAVE KILLED APPPROXIMATELY 40 PER DAY. THEIR DROPPINGS FOUND ON OUR DECK PROVES THEY ARE EATING THE PAINT. — CHARLES, HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, AR

In PA & TX

Date: Friday, Aug/24/2001

I love the cicada sound, it is soothing. All my best TX summer memories include the buzzing song of the green, black eyed cicada. When my dad died last June, the occasional buzz could be heard mixed in with the gravesite eulogy my sister gave. When we came back to PA in July, the cicadas were in full swing here! I could not find them, only their little “shells”. Its close to the end of August and there are less of them, but they sing from mid-morning till about 4pm. I hope they last a while longer. (Thankyou God for Cicadas!)Kathy, Emmaus PA — KF James, Emmaus PA

cicada emergence

Date: Thursday, Aug/23/2001

Our neighborhood is abuzz with the sounds of cicadas. For the last week or so, we have been hearing a loud chorus of them, but have not spotted any thus far. When my children were younger, they would find loads of them attached to tree trunks. — Gina Niedenberger, Yorktown,VA

holes in yard

Date: Wednesday, Aug/22/2001

hello, can you put some pictures of the burrows on the page? i found a bunch of large burrows in my yard under the trees. they are from 1/2 in. to 2 inches big. thanks — tracy quinn, jefferson city,mo. 65109

Responses

Date: Tuesday, Aug/21/2001

Jason the cicadas are done emerging. Military sounds like Tibicen chloromera, but I’m not sure. Shaunta, cicadas don’t bite or sting. Robert, it’s almost impossible to id a cicada without a picture. I suggest checking out the Tibicen section of the Links page and see if you can find a match. — Dan, Cicadaville

Cicada siteing

Date: Saturday, Aug/18/2001

Your website is cool.I found a cicada on the utilty pole. There was nothing but the body shell following molting. I haven’t seen the adult. — Tyra, Decatur,Ga

Too Loud!!

Date: Friday, Aug/17/2001

We seem to have an especially high concentration this summer of Cicadas, and the noise is non-stop (Aug 14 – and on). Maybe because I have acute hearing, but I’d LOVE to find a way to discourage them from my property…it’s driving me CRAZY! As I know this is impossible (they are EVERYWHERE) I’m just putting in my two cents of complaint. (sorry in advance to you Cicada Lovin’ crowd…) — Meg G, Minneapolis, MN

Tibicen sp. emerging

Date: Tuesday, Aug/14/2001

I woke up this morning to find several Tibicen sp. on my porch, my question is what species are they, can piont me in the direction of an answer. email me at robert.calhoun [AT] murraystate.edu — Robert, Murray, KY

Sci-Fi Bugs!

Date: Monday, Aug/13/2001

Yep, we have them here in Ohio. While I don’t mind the summer concert they give outside my apartment window, they are the spookiest looking things on the planet! One flew on the outside (thank God) of my screen, and my cat stalked it and it flew away. She got a treat for that. Do they bite? The site of them scares me. If one ever flew inside my apartment I’d freak out! — Shaunta, Cleveland Ohio USA

emergence question

Date: Sunday, Aug/12/2001

if cicadas emerge “en masse” and i can hear them singing now, are they still in the process of emerging? or are they all done? also, what species of cicada do we have here? they are the green variety that look as though they are wearing military fatigues. the wings are more of a blueish green. thanks:) — rjasonhoward [AT] hotmail.com, skaneateles NY (syracuse area)

My first cicada sighting

Date: Saturday, Aug/11/2001

Found one of these gross insects on my back door last night. Killed it, found it on my lawn. What an ugly sight. I placed in baggie until I found out what kind of insect it is. I’ve heard of them, but have never seen one until last night. — Lois, Western New York , suburb of Buffalo

Cicadas’ effect on Japanese Maples

Date: Friday, Aug/10/2001

I’ve recently noticed numerous cicadas emerging from the ground and attaching themselves to a large Japanese Maple in my front yard. Need I worry about any damage to the roots or tree itself?Also, despite living on Long Island for about 20 years this is the first time I recall having seen a cicada — the ones I’ve seen have black bodies and eyes and clear wings with a light green color at the edges. I’m assuming this is normal for the northeast. — Stewart M., Montclair, NJ

Response for Lisa

Date: Thursday, Aug/9/2001

I too live in Jersey and I have a 40 foot pine in my backyard that was besieged my cicadas 5 years ago with absolutely no harm done. They might flag a branch or too, but they won’t harm the tree. Enjoy your lemonade. — Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters

The effect of cidadas on coniferous trees

Date: Wednesday, Aug/8/2001

I’d be grateful for information about the effect of cicadas on coniferous trees. I’ve read that they do not harm the deciduous trees that are their primary residence. But, I’ve got a tall, old conifer in my back yard and I’m worried that cicadas are completely overrunning this tree and killing it–even though this tree must have experienced it’s share of cicadas over the decades. There are scores of small holes in the earth under the tree, and the ground itself feels hollow beneath the tree and its trunk and limbs are oozing rather significantly. Should I just drink some lemonade and enjoy the weather? Thank you! — Lisa, Hopewell (Mercer County), NJ

hearings of cicada’s on august 7, 2001

Date: Tuesday, Aug/7/2001

is it possible this is a late hatching of the cicada here in ulster county from the night before, and how is it possible i have only been able to hear 6 different males calling there mate in much different areas of my neighborhood.the hearings were located inkingston, new york, ulster county, west pierpont street — jason, kingston, new york ulster county

Responses

Date: Sunday, Aug/5/2001

Donald, sorry the cicadas are causing you so much strife. Cicadas are prone to parasitic fungus infections due to the fact they spent most of their life in the moist ground, and since fungi love moisture, your cicadas are in trouble. Charlene, cicadas make calls all day long, but because temperature affects their ability to vibrate, they slow down at night and sound more like crickets. — Dan, Cicadaville

Cicada Killer Wasp

Date: Saturday, Aug/4/2001

I heard a wierd sound today and saw the largest Wasp I have ever seen. This was unusual until I saw it dragging a Cicada with it. It would fly for a moment, then it would drag it, and then fly some more. I have never seen anything even close to this Wasp. To be honest it is the first Cicada I have seen in a while. We hear them every year. I got info on the web about the Wasp and it seems they live in the ground and Cicadas are there only food source and egg laying area for there larve.Weird! — Bob, Apopka, FL, USA

Afternoons

Date: Friday, Aug/3/2001

Why do the cicadas only make their calls in the afternoon?? — Charlene, Deerfield,IL

Fungus Among Us

Date: Friday, Aug/3/2001

Thanks for the England info Dan. If the decibels were lower (cricket level) I wouldn’t tear at my hair so, but it’s summer finals at UT and I’m tearing at the hair… so much for the quiet of the country. FYI… It’s been a wet summer in East TN and we are now finding Cicada’s (passed-on)with a powdery white on the underbelly. I believe that would be a fungus. Is that indicative of a particularly wet season? — Donald, Knoxville

Responses to your messages

Date: Friday, Aug/3/2001

Donald, the best way to minimize the occurrence of cicada is to move to England, where there are none. Bob, great pictures! Leona, if the cicada was still white or pale colored when you found it you may have interfered, but if it was a dark color, it was probably suffering from a fungal disease or an attack by a predator — don’t worry about it. Yann, usually cicadas slow down their singing in the evening hours (their singing is relative to temperature) — eventually they stop singing, if it gets cold enough, or they start sounding more like crickets. Bill, I don’t know, but your hunch may be right. VegasChip sell them on Ebay — when life gives you lemons, sell them on Ebay. Tom S, only Magicicadas emerge ever 17 or 13 years, some cicadas, like the one you’ve seen appear every year — it’s probably a Tibicen. Claire, since the days of the Pilgrims people have mistakenly called cicadas locusts, but what you hear each year are cicadas — locusts are grasshoppers, and grasshoppers don’t sing. Chantal, great question, but I don’t know! Try browsing through the International section of the links page. Someone, I expect the drama is over by now, but I’m sure you did the best you could. Laurie, the best way to treat a cicada is to release it as soon as the kids see it — but in the meantime, give it plenty of air and something to climb on. Diane, guess what: there are no 17 year cicadas in Florida — only one Genus of cicada emerges every 17 years, the Magicicada — the kind you see emerge in much smaller intervals — oh, you’re not insane, you’re a Cicada Maniac! Benjamin, you have an annual cicada! Andrea, the lifecycle of the Magicicada is a great mystery, although there are many theories as to why they spend so long underground, mostly it is to avoid predators — they die so quickly because as adults their only ability is to mate, spawn and die. — Dan, Cicada Mania Headquarters

Cicada Arrival

Date: Thursday, Aug/2/2001

The arrival (hatching and molting) of this year’s crop of cicadas is now in full swing. This is the first year I have had the opportunity to observe them as they climb up the trees to molt.They sure don’t ambulate very fast. — 7Alpha, Kansas City, KS

Reward———Specimen’s wanted!!!

Date: Wednesday, Aug/1/2001

Please contact me in regards of sending me Cicada’s. I seek them to collect. Please send in a “priority U.S. mail Video box”wraped in tissue. $3.50 postage. E-mail me for details at zugy.com or cicadakid [AT] hotmail.com — Duane Zugel, San Diego Ca. U.S.A.

July 31, 2001

Cicada Comments from July 2001

Filed under: Brood VII | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:27 am

Pretty thick this year

Date: Tuesday, Jul/31/2001

Though I can see peoples’ interest… I’m not a big fan of the Cicada. Are there any habitat criteria that minimize the occurrence of cicada? Would love to see a map denoting the habitat of Dog-day Cicada. — Donald, Knoxville TN

Cicada picture from Provence

Date: Tuesday, Jul/31/2001

After 4 days of listening to these guys I finally got a snapshot of one. Feel free to add this to your site.http://www.fototime.com/99E7954065E023B/standard.jpgor, for a really big one:http://www.fototime.com/99E7954065E023B/orig.jpg — Bob, Tualatin, Oregon

cicada

Date: Sunday, Jul/29/2001

Ms Kitty, The cat, found a Cicada and was sort of stalking it, but it wasn’t moving. I stooped to check it out and it looked like it had been mauled. I did what now seems to be a very stupid action. I picked up the little feller and its wings where a mess, and it acted like it had a bad leg…hence I had decided it had been mauled… After taking it in and trying to straighten out its poor little wings, I put it on my desk, and using my desk lamp took some photos. I could not get the wings to do right so finally gave up. but in the meantime, my mind clicked over to a story I had heard of the man who tried to help the butterfly emerge from it’s cacoon and how the action had permanently injured the butterfly as it HAS to go through the stress of being born to enable it to get its wings in shape, dried, unfolded, etc and through the strain and anquish of birth it gets the strength to fly. I have a horrible feeling that perhaps this Cicada had not completed it morph as yet and that I interupted it and have permanently injured it. I placed it in an area outside where I thought it would be fairly safe, but I think perhaps I was its worse enemy for all my good intentions. Could this be true? I did get some good pics, though if anyone would like to see them, let me know.This was yesterday, 7 -28-2001 and I did notice several exo-skeletons hanging around on the foliage and building here, and while I at first thought the sounds were my usual ringing ears, have decided part of it is definitely the Cicadas making the music! — Leona Henderson, Smith Co Texas

Cicada arrive

Date: Sunday, Jul/29/2001

Last 10 have seen a min of 1000 cicada in my yard ,didn’t think this was the year for them. — Mike Underwood, Edna,Kansas USA

Seen them in Texas

Date: Friday, Jul/27/2001

I have lived in Texas for about 10 years, This is the first yearI have seen cicadas. I have heard them and also have foundthe empty shells.Mike — Mike, Austin Texas

Sighting

Date: Friday, Jul/27/2001

I saw a very large cidada emerging from it’s shell today near an old shed of mine. I live in the country, have a lot of fruit trees and berry bushes. They love it here. — Richard L Largen, Bethalto, IL 62010 Madison county

cicada sighting and identification

Date: Thursday, Jul/26/2001

back in may of 2001 i witnessed a large emergence of cicadas in silver city new mexico and i have not been able to identify the particular cicada . if anybody has any idea which one is common to this area, please e-mail me at debsay [AT] gilanet.com. thanks — debbie sayles, silver city new mexico usa

Cicadas stop making noise in the evenin

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Date: Thursday, Jul/26/2001

in the evening when we listen to the cicadas at about 20.30 they stop making noise at 21.13 and then they stop completely at 21.35 is there a reason for this ????????????If you have an answer for me please mail me at y.bachy [AT] hetnet.nl — Yann, France

Cicada with attitude!

Date: Thursday, Jul/26/2001

Standing outside on a smoke break this A.M., I spotted a lone cicada on the brick wall of our office building. Put my fingers around him to take him into the builing briefly to show co-workers. He held onto the wall determined to stay. Didn’t want to injure it. He won. He really “rattled” away at me. When I let go of him and walked off, He flew off the wall and “smacked” me on the back!. He then flew off not to be seen again. When I lived in West Virginia, we called this kind the 17 year locust. Black, large red eyes, very big. Have never seen just “one”. Is he a “stragler” or what? I’m used to seeing thousands or none (in WV). — Chuck P, Nashville TN

can’t figure out a bug in my house

Date: Wednesday, Jul/25/2001

I’ve never seen an insect like this before. It’s about a 1/2 long, white(blue under a light), and it flies atan incredible speed. It’s not a dragonfly or butterfly, but it may be a moth or a leafhooper. Do you know what this insect is? — bill watkins, montvile, nj

Cicadas Galore

Date: Tuesday, Jul/24/2001

Here in the Las Vegas Valley area, Cicadas are a yearly occurance (to put it nicly). The last for a good 2 months or better and become just to much. I am looking for a way to discourage them in my yard and neighborhood. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Sounds like I should stay away from decidious and fruit trees. Perhaps I should box them up and sell them on e-bay…vegasnospamchip [AT] my-deja-no-spam.com — VegasChip, Henderson, NV (Just outside Las Vegas)

cicacda

Date: Sunday, Jul/22/2001

Found a cicada, must have run into side of house, seemed a bit stunned at first. So cool looking! — Rhonda, Moscow, Ontario, Canada

found one

Date: Sunday, Jul/22/2001

I was walking to the barn and found one half in half out. Been showing the kids. Didn’t know if it was 7 year or 17 year. Went to this page. I guess its a 17 year one. Thats older than my oldest child. — Sean Trowbridge, East Hampton, Long Island, New York

Found Cicada in Garage

Date: Saturday, Jul/21/2001

I caught a large Cicada flying in the garage. We put it in a bird cage and it is now living on the deck. How can I keep it alive?I noticed 13 and 17 year broods are not in Illinois this year. What kind could this be?timmyds10 [AT] aol.com — Tim Schroepfer, Belvidere, Illinois

Many of the Cicadas!

Date: Thursday, Jul/19/2001

I shot some good footage of a cicade after it emerged from its shell! Pretty cool to see, very green, and very wet looking.Since then (been a week ago) I have seen atleast 5 others near my home, one of which I accidentally killed… long story, and I feel very bad for it, but I picked one up after it was almost dry, tossed it in the air, it flew, landed on the street, and within three seconds a truck squished it. My family laughed at me, called me a killer, and after researching this bug, I feel like one…. amazing how long they live!I would love to find out what type of cicada I have seen.Email me!Later,Scott — Scott (jarhead [AT] homemail.com), Woodbridge, VA

Don’t see them much in Colorado!

Date: Thursday, Jul/19/2001

One landed on the picnic table last night when we were enjoying the outdoors – of course the kids snagged it. I’ve just been searching for more info. on Cicadas. I’ve lived in Colorado all my life – and although we “hear” locust every summer – cicadas are different from what I understand. I’ve only seen a couple of them “up close and personal”. They’re pretty cool! — Claire, Lafayette, Colorado, USA

Loudest Cicada

Date: Thursday, Jul/19/2001

Do you know what species is the loudest cicada? where it lives and how loud it is? I recall reading that there is a cicada that can drown out the sound of a jack hammer. I can’t find the recourse and now I need to write an article for a local paper and I would love to include the above information.Thanx!!!My e-mail is Nature [AT] ci.rye.ny.us — Chantal Detlefs, Rye, NY 10580 Westchester County

Cicada radio show

Date: Tuesday, Jul/17/2001

actually, I could tag it with ‘for more info on cicadas, log on to cicadamania.com. but it’d be nice to have the program linked to your site.charlie.baglan [AT] mail.state.ky.usor 1 800 852 0942 ext 480 — Charlie Baglan, KY

Cicada radio show

Date: Tuesday, Jul/17/2001

I produce a weekly nature radio program for the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife. I’ve been doing a series on the bugs of summer. Next week (Week of July 23) features Cicadas. It’ll be about 4 or so minutes in length. I’ll send you a link if you’d like to include it on your page. Advise please. Thanks. — Charlie Baglan, Frankfort, KY

Weak, wierd, sick cicaeda.

Date: Tuesday, Jul/17/2001

It is a long story, but we put our kiddie pool over some ciceada holes. When we moved it 5 dead ciceadas were there. 🙁 Anyway 2 were alive. I kept them. One came out and its right wing was crinkled up at the bottom corner. The left wing had a pocket of liquid in it. I made a small hole in it and pushed the liquid out. Also on its back there was a bead of liquid. I wiped it off. Then it came back. The bead was moving in and out in and out like it was breathing. The cicaeda is very weak. HELP!!! — Someone, somewhere

Weak, wierd, sick cicaeda.

Date: Tuesday, Jul/17/2001

It is a long story, but we put our kiddie pool over some ciceada holes. When we moved it 5 dead ciceadas were there. 🙁 Anyway 2 were alive. I kept them. One came out and its right wing was crinkled up at the bottom corner. The left wing had a pocket of liquid in it. I made a small hole in it and pushed the liquid out. Also on its back there was a bead of liquid. I wiped it off. Then it came back. The bead was moving in and out in and out like it was breathing. The cicaeda is very weak. HELP!!! — Someone, somewhere

I found one . . .

Date: Sunday, Jul/15/2001

I am currently teaching a elementary biology summer class and happened to find an adult cicada just emerging from the ground. I’ve got it in a box to show the kids tomorrow and would love to find out what kind it is and how to treat it best. If you have info, please email me soon – lrandel [AT] thefreesite.com.Thanks! — Laurie, Wilmette, IL, USA

holes in the yard–buzzin’ in the trees

Date: Sunday, Jul/15/2001

We bought this house in December of 2000, and shortly after we started hearing the cicadas in the trees we noticed a lot of half inch holes in the yard aroun our trees along with a few of the exoskeletons of cicadas on the trees. I figured that the holes must be their burrows, but I wasn’t sure until I looked it up on the internet. They are a very fascinating insect with a remarkable life cycle. I’ve been fairly familar with the bugs for a long time, but I never realized that the lived underground for so long!! — mark k. mcgehee, Chattanooga,Tn

type of our cicadas

Date: Saturday, Jul/14/2001

After browsing through various links, I have discovered that our every-year cicadas are referred to as “dog-day cicadas”. Thanks for great sites! — Dianne, central Florida

saving cicadas that emerge inside our screenroom

Date: Saturday, Jul/14/2001

Here in Florida, our cicadas come out every year. I assume they are varying emergences of 17-year insects. We installed a pool and screenroom in 1990 and many cicadas emerge inside the screen. I go out several times a day to save the newly emerged insects, letting them dry outside the screen. My husband thinks I’m insane, but it’s a real treat to have a three-cicada-day! — Dianne, central Florida

First of the Year Annual Cicadas Calling in Maryland

Date: Friday, Jul/13/2001

The first Tibicen chloromerus of the year in Maryland was heard calling in Drayden, Maryland on Sunday, June 24th at 2:47pm (76 deg).The first Tibicen lyricen of the year heard calling in Maryland was heard on June 27 in Ridge, Maryland at 8:38pm (76 deg). These two cicadas have been calling daily since then along with Neocicada hieroglyphica. — John Zyla, Ridge, Maryland

Possible hazard to cats

Date: Friday, Jul/13/2001

Our healthy cat ate a cicada and died the next day. I think that the cicada’s beak might have started a chain reaction that resulted in acute heart disease causing fluid-filled lungs and loss of use of hind legs. Calvin’s agony, prior to the injection that ended it, cannot be overstated. Probably, usually a cat can eat a cicada without consequence for the cat, but please be aware! — Gayle, Minneapolis

Droppings?

Date: Wednesday, Jul/11/2001

Someone on down the line here mentioned droppings. Is THAT what’s in the seat of my lawn chairs???? Anyways, I love this site..what fun, down to earth, easy reading. Thanks. Kids and I are really enjoying the cicadas tonight. Glad we could get the ‘buzz’ on the insect of the eveing. — Kathy Blackmon, Mountain Grove, MO USA

We have Cicada’s everywhere.

Date: Wednesday, Jul/11/2001

Most of the people around us, do not like the sound from them (Cicada’s) I guess I’m the lucky one ,I can not hear them. Today a flock of birds that we have never seen in ths area before were here making a meal of them. — Gary, Surprise AZ.

tell me more about cicadas in new mexico

Date: Tuesday, Jul/10/2001

I am 5 years old and my mom is writing this for me. My little brother has found some cases of cicada nymphs and we have read about the cicada life cycle. We want to know if we have the periodical 17 or 13 year cicadas or the annual cicadas in new mexico. thanks — benjamin thomas, corrales, nm

holes in swimming pool

Date: Thursday, Jul/5/2001

The last time cicadas were in Chicago, we related after that the cicadas were the cause of the holes (lots) at the bottom of our yard pool. We had cut down 2 oak trees many years before for the pool to get sun. It was a hard choice to make but large family took precedent. We were stymied to figure how these holes occured till a kid on the block told us his friend had the same problem.. It was from cicadas trying to get through and found the pool lining. I don’t know what year it was and wonder if it will happen again and when. — BBansley, Chicago, Il

my address

Date: Thursday, Jul/5/2001

My e-mail address is:tonnazzo [AT] hotmail.com; send me your answer for my questions — andrea, torino, Italy

cicadas on the fourth of july!!!

Date: Thursday, Jul/5/2001

i am pleased to report that yesterday, july 4th, 2001, i made what are probably the first cicada sightings, (make that “hearings”), i have made in this area this year!! i was out in the boros of wyomissing, shillington, west reading, etc., for 4th of july events, and at long last i heard the unmistakeable sounds of our sweet little pavs coming from nearby trees, probably in at least two different places. unless i am mistaken, i have heard none this year, until yesterday, truly unique “fireworks” for the fourth!!! and what a way to mark that day!! plus, what a bright spot in a dark world!!! the first ones i’ve heard this year!!! send cicada info to “pavfinder [AT] hotmail.com” — kermit simon, temporarily of reading,pa.

noisy bugs in the night

Date: Wednesday, Jul/4/2001

There must be thousands of these bugs in the woods around our house. We even have to sweep up our driveway from the droppings. My wife says she can’t sleep with all the noise. Any way to get rid of these things? — jim rundle, guthrie, Ok

Magicada

Date: Wednesday, Jul/4/2001

After a brief reading about Magicada I found out that they live for just few weeks after they emerged. I would like to know why do they die and why do they live for so short time above underground.Do you think is funny to live 17 years underground and then live for few weeks above the underground?thanks a lotandrea — andrea, turin (Italy)

Cicadas in NW Colorado

Date: Monday, Jul/2/2001

On June 26, Date: Tuesday, Jun/26/2001, carol cushman of Boulder, CO asked ‘Many hundreds of cicadas were mating on pinon pines above Vermillion Creek (south of Rock Springs WY and a few miles east of the Green River)on June 20. Does anyone know what species this would be? Are they annual or periodic? CAROL – any luck identifying them? I am probably looking for the same species, and I’ll be in the area later this month. Let me know if you found anything. If not, I’ll ask around. — Wayne Jones, Saratoga Springs, NY

Cicadas as Food

Date: Monday, Jul/2/2001

Delighted to find so many Cicada web pages! (Found this site while trying to find what species of cicadas might live along the banks of the Green River in Utah, where the trout reportedly eat those who fall into the stream. It reminded me that it is not just fish who relish cicadas.) Here is a tidbit about the relationship between humans and periodical cicadas I discovered as an entomology student decades ago. While collecting specimens in 1967 to document the range of Brood VII of M. septendecim, (helping Dr. Howard Pechumen at Cornell, while I attended Syracuse Univ.) one of the real hotspots was the Onondaga Indian Reservation near Syracuse, NY. (The sound of a major cicada hatch was amazing – we recorded a powerful undulating high-pitched sound that overwhelmed the senses – an erie blanket of sound covering the hills.) I remember being a little concered about what the Onondagas would think of college students prancing around the reservation with butterfly nets. Instead of making fun of us, however, they reassured us that there were plenty to go around, and gave us hints on collecting bushels of the insects, as well as tips on the best ways to cook them! (If you roast the newly-emerged ones before they “hatch” they are better than popcorn!) — Wayne Jones,Saratoga Spings, NY

June 30, 2001

Cicada Comments from June 2001

Filed under: Brood VII | Brood XXII | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:22 am

House paint damage

Date: Saturday, Jun/30/2001

We suspect the cicada is laying eggs on our house wooden siding [rough finish painted brown] and when they hatch the paint flakes off.Any experts on this? E Mail me DonADunn [AT] ipa.com — Don Dunnington, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

colorado cicada’s

Date: Thursday, Jun/28/2001

What do the colorado cicadas look like?cicadakid [AT] hotmail.com — cicadakid, san diego

cicadas in northwestern colorado

Date: Tuesday, Jun/26/2001

Many hundreds of cicadas were mating on pinon pines above Vermillion Creek (south of Rock Springs WY and a few miles east of the Green River)on June 20. Does anyone know what species this would be? Are they annual or periodic? — carol cushman, boulder, CO

All Your Cicadas Are Belong to Us!

Date: Sunday, Jun/24/2001

All your cicadas are belong to us! — Cats, Space

Coming to California – Nevada

Date: Sunday, Jun/24/2001

Hi, I’ll be in California and Nevada next week looking for cicadas. –Dan, New Jersey

Cicada Emergence

Our small town in rural North-Eastern Nevada has been taken over with Cicada –Bill Tilton, Crescent Valley Nevada

Cicada sighting

Large number of cicadas in Great Basin Sagebrush this year. I believe they are Okanagana cruentifera but need more information –Scott, Bishop, CA

zillions of ’em

I just moved to Flagstaff from Massachusetts six months ago and live up in the woods in Flagstaff. For the past two weeks or so there have been cicadias everywhere! The sound is great! Noone here can ever recall seeing them around here. Are these periodic cicadias? According to the map this site is linked to, there shouldn’t be an emergence now in this area. Tarcia (tarcia [AT] earthlink.com) –Tarcia, Flagstaff, Arizona

what the???????? Is this gross thing?

I found a very large nasty looking entity in my window ledge this morning, my husband says its a locust but in reading I see it could be a Cicada, whatever those are! How do I tell which it is and do they come out night and day? How big are the swarms? Will they hurt people? The one I found was about 2-3 inches in length and large wings, I thought at first it was a mammoth moth but no. Anyway it grossed me out and now I fear the outdoors!!! Send info please to bubbawease [AT] gpcom.com thankyou and eeeeewwwwwwwwwww YUCK –Louise Scofield, Hooper, Nebraska

cicadas

hi I want to know Why do Cicadas spray you –rhonda coffin, palmerston north

Tibicen chloromerus

On June 16, 2001 at 7:20 p.m., I found a female Tibicen chloromerus nymph which had just emerged from its burrow a few inches away(and two feet from my porch!) It successfully enclosed overnight and positive identification was made the morning of June 17. As with Neocicada hieroglyphica, emergence of T. chloromerus seems to be about 2 weeks ahead of normal in this area. I now eagerly await the first call of a male T. chloromerus. –Brian J. Prichard, Grayson, KY, USA

Cicada crazy!

6/16/01 We always have cicadas in the summer, but for the first time I discovered a live one and now I’m totally hooked! She was a lovely pale green when I rescued her and seemed to darken throughout the day. She was content to cling to sticks and my finger…a perfect model for my many sketches. I released her in the evening when she seemed to become more active. What lovely, fascinating creatures. Hopefuly I’ll have more houseguests like her! –Jane, St. Louis, Missouri

Cicada recording

When I was in California last year I spent a wonderful evening just sat on the back steps of the hotel drinking wine and listening to the cicadas. I’d really like to do the same now I’m home. Does anyone know where I can buy a CD/tape of cicadas singing continuously so I can turn this little bit of London into California every evening, weather permitting. –Sarah , London, UK

Ohio Brood X or a new Brood VII?

Yesterday, I traveled to some woodlands just north of New Richmond in Ohio. What I found was an abundance of Magicicada cassini and septendecula. All along an area of twelve mile road and the surrounding areas, I heard loud chorus’s and located ovipositing females. The area reminded me of Brood V. Last year’s emergence in Ohio was nothing compared to what I just witnessed. This may be considered an early emergence of Brood X or it just may be the formation of a new Brood VII in Ohio. Only time will tell… –Les Daniels, Fremont, Ohio U.S.A.

First Annual Cicada of Season Reported in Maryland

The first Neocicada hieroglyphica was heard calling Sun, June 10 at Cove Point, Calvet County, Maryland at 3:00pm (80 deg) by Arlene Ripley. This is one day earlier than the previously earliest record (Jun 11, 2000) Another N. hieroglyphica was heard today, June 11 at Patuxent Naval Air Station in Saint Marys County, Maryland (12:01pm, 84 deg) –John Zyla, Ridge, Maryland

What we got out here?

Plenty of cicada activity the last week of May in the pinon-juniper forests. Cannot find information on the western varieties. Damned interesting to watch though. –Paul Menard, Grants, New Mexico

What we got out here?

Plenty of cicada activity the last week of May in the pinon-juniper forests. Cannot find information on the western varieties. Damned interesting to watch though. –Paul Menard, Grants, New Mexico

THE CICADA KING

I was walking outside onday, when in the brushes I heared somthin! I looked and saw a cicada being attack by a large red spider! I took a stick, and dragged it to safety Then I made a mark on it with a gel pen,And Said,’You are now the king of cicadas! Your name is Cate!” –St , unknown

nEWLY HATCHED CICADAS

ONCE I SAW CICADA PUPA THE NEXT DAY THEY WERE CICADAS! WITH CRUMBLED WINGS! –ST, UNKNOWN

I would love to know about cicada in San Diego

I hear cicada’s sound in my back yard. When I was here 2years ago, I did’t hear. Last year I was in Japan and, of course, I enjoyed the cicada’s sounds. If anybody know about cicadas in San Diego or California, please teach me about them. –Megumi Vogt, San Diego, CA

“Rain-birds”(Dog day cicada) bring rain here!

No rain since last November, first noise of our cicadas predict six weeks until the rainy season starts in June! We head ours May 1st, weather forecasts rainstorms in Guadalajara area since June 5th…everyone doing rain-dance! Not sure whether the dance or our “rain-birds” cause this, but it has worked here for decades. –Arturo, Lake Chapala,Jalisco, Mexico

There here and very loud also.

We live about 35 miles North Of San Antonio in the Hill Country surrounded by trees and they are all around us day and night. –John, San Antonio, Texas

They’re here, and they’re LOUD !!

6/7/01 Three days of a high pitched incessant buzz, actually quite annoying. Finally caught one, and set out to find what it could be. Found a cicada link on the web, and there it was, exactly like the one in our jar! Once identified, we put him back out in the wild again. Thank goodness they’re not around every year — what a noise! –Wendy Reed, Quartz Hill, California (60 mi N of L.A.)

cicada sighting

had no idea what these things were until surfing the web. all i can say is THEY’RE HERE! –cory, nedrow,onodaga cty,n.y.

I met 17years cicada

I was so happy becasue I met a lot of 17years cicadas in NY last weekend. (06/02/2001) They were very cute. –Yuko Yokota, Rockville,MD

Neocicada hieroglyphica

06-05-01 I heard the first Neocicada hieroglyphica today at 11:30 a.m.. Usually N. hieroglyphica begins emerging around June 20 in this area(when seasonal temperatures are normal.) However, April temperatures seemed above normal this year. I will get NWS area records for current year shortly. The weather has been rainy for the last two weeks. If interested, I have emergence records of various cicada species (Magacicada, Tibicen, and Neocicada) over the last ten years. Contact me at: tibicen [AT] email.kcc.edu –Brian J. Prichard, Grayson KY

Cicada sightings

June 4, 2001 In the last week we have observed large numbers of cicadas emerging from holes in the ground. I have walked around my twenty acres and hear them everywhere. Also, along the roadside as we drove into town (a 35 mile drive) we could hear the buzzing. We live in western New Mexico and this is the first time we have seen this. (We’ve been here 3 years.) –Paula Tripodi, El Morro, New Mexico, USA

cicada art II

If you know of any place that sells cicada garden art, please e-mail to gholbert3 [AT] home.com. –gholbert, mobile, al

cicada art

I’m interested in cicada garden art–hangings, molds in terra cotta or metal, etc. I’ve searched on the Internet to no avail. Does anyone know of such a site? –gholbert, mobile, al

Want more on Japanese Semi!!

I always enjoy seeing photos of Japanese cicadas! My interest is in the non-periodical cicada species. Having lived in Japan (Honshu, south of Tokyo) I collected cicadas there for many years. Every summer, the number of cicadas there rivaled the numbers of even our largest broods of Periodical cicadas here!! (and without the huge mess left over by our swarms!) The sound was much more rich and varied. I was thrilled to find the ‘Animal Sounds on the Net’ website, and hear some of those wonderful songs again! Especially of my favorite type, the giant Kuma-semi. This type was rare in my area, but when one was singing in the hills near my house, its song stood out sharply from the constant roar of the millions of other singing cicadas! And no wonder! It is the largest cicada I’ve seen. Much larger and bulkier than even the big T. Japonicus, its olive-green drum-covers are 3/4inches diameter and its voice has tremendous volume. The last year I was there I drove up to the lake Ashi area and found the Kumazemi quite abundant and collected several. It is a Tibicen-type cicada, with the very wide head of that genus, shiny, polished black body, with some fine gold scale on newer specimens, clear wings with bright green-yellow veins, and the underside is powdered white, with bright orange legs, opurcula. I would like to correspond with others who have a love for the cicadas of Japan! I wish I had traveled more in the country while I was there, I only saw and collected about a third of the species, not knowing there were others!! Also, I would like very much to know of any other websites that feature the cicadas of Japan! Many thanks for being here for us cicada-lovers! –Fred Berry, Alexandria, VA. USA

May 31, 2001

Cicada Comments from May 2001

Filed under: Brood VII | Brood XXII | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:11 am

Clermont County, Ohio

05-29-01 Fair size hatching of Cicada in this area over the last couple of weeks. Not sure what variety. The siren-like buzz noise is almost deafening in the woods. –Mark Cipollone,

New Richmond, Ohio

Lots of noise in South-Western Ohio!

(5-27-01)It appears the periodical cicadas along the Ohio river here in South-Western Ohio have jumped the gun by about 7 years. I heard scores of them in Brown & Clermont counties here. I also saw around 12 or 13 emerging last night while I was camping with family along the riverbank. I wonder why the little buggers decided to come out years ahead of schedule?? –Roy Troutman,

Batavia, Ohio

Brood XXII

We are in roughly the third week of the emergence of Brood XXII. I came upon your site trying to learn more about this interesting phenomenon. Personally, the sound is driving me nuts! But my dog has found a new source of protien. –Tracey Banowetz,

Weyanoke, LA

Cicada Sighting

5-22-01 Under a tree at a East Houma Louisiana(way down South)hospital, I saw the tell-tale signs of a cicada brood. There were the holes in the ground by an Oak tree. I looked on the tree and I found a cicada exoskeleton. I hadn’t seen one since moving from Shreveport Louisiana 22 years ago. –Michele Cunningham,

Houma, Louisiana

Sound of the Cicada

05/21/2001 For the past few days we’ve been listening to the Cicadas. We’ve seen very few – but they’re definately out there. –Annette Corkern,

Pride, Louisiana

There Everywhere!

You can’t go outside with out stepping on a Cicada!! There out so thick that one night i was smoking a Bliznunt and i came inside to watch a little tv and then i felt and heard this vibration on the back of my neck. I started wiggin’ out and ran outside to get it off! I’ll just put it like this…They are EVERYWHERE!!!!! Shake them Haterz of CICADAS!!!!! –Ross, Vicksburg, MS USA

Droning of Large Brown Cicadas

In some countries of Europe where have no cicadas, people think the droning of large brown cicadas just like as a machine noise. Especially, they think so when they hear only the sound on TV or on radio. On this opinion, I want to know if it’s true, and if so, which countries do people feel like this. –Yoshio UENO, Tokyo, Japan

cicadas

i don’t know who left that top “message”, but i love these sweet little things. last year (2000) one couldn’t go anywhere around here, even in this crumby city, without being sung to. these little things are a bright, even if somewhat strange spot, in a very dark world. i hope for a ‘repeat performance’ of last year this summer. i also hope for a quick and permanent exit back to western massachusetts, where i spent some time this past fall and winter. i hope each summer up there is a “repeat performance”, when these little pavs come out of the ground and ‘strut their stuff’. send cicada info, and especially info on cicadas in western massachusetts, to [REMOVED] –kermit simon, temporarily of reading,pa

Unexpected emergence in KY and OH

Periodical cicadas are emerging in parts of the Greater Cincinnati area. I have received reports of heavy emergences in Clermont Co, OH and in Northern Kentucky. Last night 25+ emerged at the College of Mount St. Joseph campus. Updates are being posted at www.msj.edu/cicada. –Gene Kritsky,

Cincinnati, OH

Cicadas everywhere

–Brian, Natchez, MS

Blood XII in NY

I’m really sorry I couldn’t see emergemce of cicada in MD last year,because of I have moved here last september. so I’m going to go NY to observe 17years cicada. I’m looking for exact locations and dates. If someone know it,please let me know. –Yuko Yokota, Rockville,MD

Cicada Emergence

05/08/2001 *We have noticed an emergence of cicada (apparently the 13yr variety)in the last week, so far in a ten-mile radius, with huge conglomerations in areas emanating a “sea-shell” sounding roar heard from a distance habitating near concentrations of mostly oak trees where they have left large numbers of half-inch sized holes. –Tom F.,

Baton Rouge, LA

Cicadas emerging

I thought I noticed a cicada on May 20 01 while mowing. Today, exactly a week later, they are easier to find and are in song amongst trees in all directions. If I recall correctly (after all, it’s been 17 years!), there should be quite a “cavalcade of cicadas” in a few days. Their levels aren’t all that impressive at the moment, but, based on the two previous eras when I noted their arrival, the little critters should quickly populate the forests here, particularly if temps get out of the high 60s and warm to something more enjoyable for their flying and crooning abilities. –Robert, Southern Onondaga County, NY

May 31, 1999

Cicada Mail from May 1999

Filed under: Brood V | Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:06 am

Stamp

What did I dig up?

Hello. I am from West Virginia and last weekend, we we’re working in the yard and I found what I thought was cicada larvae or adults or something that were buried in the ground. They were milky white and had little legs and didn’t move around much. Could you tell me if they are cicadas? I’m not an insect lover and am not looking forward to they “invasion.” I will probably be inside my house from the time they arrive until the time they leave. : ) Thanks a lot. — EMcool26 5/4/1999 [Ed: They might be cicada larvae, although almost every insect goes through a grub in the ground stage. See the FAQ for more information.Learn to love insects, and they will love you in return.]

Crickets or Cicadas?

I live in the Rockville, Maryland area. In the summer I hear a loud noise in the evening that I was told were crickets, but the noise is much louder than what I am used to hearing, I’m formerly of Illinois and we had many crickets there making a neat sound. Might the sound that I hear be the sounds of many cicadas? Thanx alot for any input to my wonderment. — Ron 5/7/1999 [Ed. Cicadas do make noise at night, but it’s different from the noises they make during the day, and different from the “chirp, chirp” crickets make.]

HELP!

WHAT DO I SPRAY TO PROTECT THE TREES,BUSHES,FLOWERS ETC? tHANKS.CHEERS, — Pat Burris 5/7/1999 [Ed. You don’t need to shout pat.Cicada’s don’t damage flowers or shrubs, only deciduous trees, and the damage they do is minimal. Unless you have an orchard or a prize ornamental tree, I wouldn’t worry. A garden hose and a hungry pet is your best defense. Visit our FAQ for more information.]

February 28, 1999

Cicada Mail from February 1999

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social | Periodical — Dan @ 9:04 am

Stamp

Non-Toxic

All these letters concerning the hazards of eating periodical cicadas! I’ve eaten them before, sauteed in butter. The best ones are those that have just emerged from their nymphal-skins, and are still white and soft. They have a sweetish, piney flavor and I highly recomend them! I’ve been fascinated with cicadas for years and have a large collection of them, from the US and also from Japan. I have the two types shown on your homepage, plus several other Japanese cicadas, including the massive Kuma-semi (bear-cicada), with it’s 1/2 diameter drums and erie call (sounds like an unearthly male voice saying the word ‘hiss’ over and over again!!). The Kuma- semi is shiny black, covered with fine gold dust, very wide Tibicen-like head, clear wings with large bright yellow-green margins, underside is powdered white and orange with large opercula, also orange with black. This is the largest cicada I’ve seen, considerably larger than any American cicada, some having three-inch long bodies! The Higurashi-semi is one of my favorites, the males have abdomens like paper lanterns, almost transparent and their call is like someone blowing a series of rising short toots on a flute or recorder, which quickly decay in pitch and then stop. They sing early in the morning before sunrise, and in the twilight after sunset, and to hear a chorus of them is one of the most wonderful sounds in nature! As the sun comes up the Higurashi chorus dies out and the daytime cicadas start spooling up, the Abura, Min-min, Ni-ni, Tsukutu-tsukutu-boshi all start calling, and every summer they are all in swarms almost as large as the periodical swarms here. The Kuma-semi was rare in Yokosuka where I lived, and when one started calling amongst the thousands of regulars, its voice stood out big-time, louder, with the distant ‘sss-sss-sss-sss’ getting my attention every time. I traveled to lake Ashi, northeast of Yokosuka and found the Kuma-semi abundant there. At last I got to hear choruses of them and I was big-time impressed! I do miss the cicadas of Japan, alot, and hope to return to record them. Fred [2/8/1999]

August 30, 1998

Cicada Mail from August 1998

Filed under: Mail, Comments & Social — Dan @ 9:02 am

Stamp

YIKES!

Dear Cicada Mania, My family just got back from a weekend camping trip. I stayed home to watch the animals, teach classes and do church (I am a minister). Anyway, while camping, my family had a run-in with an odd sounding insect. The description they gave me was a large fly about 1 inch and a half plus long. (sounds like a cicada to me) Anyway, it landed on my son and bit through his shirt and took out a small, about 1/16 of an inch round, piece of flesh, then flew to my daughter and bit her the same way. It than attacked my daughter-in-law and my wife. They all decided that animal rights issues were to be put aside, (we are animal rights people) and they attacked back. Once my wife began swinger her purse at it, it took off. The bites did not swell up as normal insect bites sometimes do. There are just these tiny chucks of skin missing. My question, do you know if cicadas bite? And, if not, any idea what kind of insect this was? [Yikes, That was no cicada, if fact we don’t know what it was!]

Thanks,
Mike Shaw (8/23)

Sweet Dreams

Hi, I really like the web site. I told my daughter as a book report for me to look up Cicada for a “book” report. Frustrated about the spelling she gave up, Now here I am making sure we are all not crazy imagining the little dead bodies and loud humming outside our windows. You’d hardly realize I have two little girls by the way they love bugs. Little girls are supposed to be afraid of them, especially when they are as scary as those little shells they leave behind. The first time they discovered them they left them on my pillow case for me to see after I got home from school. The only thing was I go to night school, I get home at about 10:30. I was so tired I just pulled the covers down and plopped right in. About 2 or 3 in the morning I wake up to this crunchy stuff in the bed, it’s all over the place. Like any other unsuspecting mom, my kids have been eating crackers in my bed. In the morning my 7 year old says ‘ Did you find the Cicada shells we left on your pillow last night?’. The only thing I could say was… Yep…. wishing at that time they did eat crackers in my bed! There are more funny stories about bugs and how the girls love to torcher their mom, hope you found this one amusing. I can laugh now….it’s not very humorous while I’m screaming at the top of my lungs… Ah the joys of childhood! Thanks for listening…
Mary Ellen Johnson (8/17)

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