Hey folks, I just got this message from John Cooley, a cicada researcher:
Have I got a deal for you……..see the attached. We’re hoping to
mobilize the cicada fan club to see whether our local brood really
has gone extinct (I think it has- no sightings at last known patch in
1971, 1988, or 2005).
There’s more info about this on Cicada Central— I’ll also consider
some sort of a reward for significant collections of live M.
septendecim stragglers from the eastern part of Brood X, and I’ll
grant the full reward for XI specimens in the CT river valley of MA
and CT, as well as anywhere in RI.
— John Cooley
home page: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/jcooley/
So, if you find a Magicicada in those areas, and have proof, please contact John.
Gerry Bunker sent us these pictures of a straggler from Hedgesville, WV, which he found on June 1st.
Visit Gerry’s excellent cicada web sites for more information:
Greg Spahr reports from John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio:
I was out birdwatching yesterday and was shocked and surprised to hear a few Magicicada Cassini calling. I didn’t know about the stragglers until I got on the web and found the reports on your site. In any case, I could hear about 10 individuals calling at John Bryan State Park in Yellow Springs, Ohio yesterday (June 5th).
From 5 Channel Cinncinati:
Pesky Cicadas Are Back
1,000 Stragglers Could Pop Up This Summer
CINCINNATI — Tri-staters thought they saw the last of the cicadas for a few years, but a local woman is saying they’re back.
Target 5’s Michelle Hopkins checked into the situation and found proof — a dead cicada that lived about three days in Springfield Township.
Matt Berger sent us this excellent photo of male and female cassini stragglers, found in Loveland, Ohio.
Check out this picture of a female Magicicada cassini straggler taken by Edwin Huizinga of Baltimore, MD!
So far today we’ve had a report from Baltimore MD, and Pohatcong Twp. NJ (see the message board). Stay tuned…
We’ve had a report of a straggler found in Bethesda Maryland.
Details are developing…
If you find a straggler, take a photo. Better yet, take a photo of the cicada next to today’s paper so we can have a record of the date.
We’ve had a straggler Magicicada sighting in Cherry Grove, OH!
More details to follow…
Reminiscing about the Brood X emergence of 2004:
Princeton: Bugging the bugs: Students collect data on cicadas.
During the next few weeks — as these “Brood X” cicadas emerge from 17 years of subterranean growth and play out their brief but noisy above-ground mating ritual — Princeton students will investigate a range of questions about how the insects behave and interact with the environment.
Golf: Muirfield the summer home this year for cicadas. Cicadas disrupting pro golfers. (thx b1nge).
“I thought we had some big bugs in Africa, but these things …” Ernie Els said.
Golf: A New York Times article about how the cicadas are making life miserable for pro golfers. Awwww. (thx AJay).
Usually, the biggest problem during the week of the Memorial Tournament is rain. This year, the biggest problem could be insects.