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).
It is possible that Brood XI is not extinct. Brood XI hasn’t been recorded since in 1950’s, however, David Marshall of the University of Connecticut “would not be surprised if there are small patches of them that have been missed since much of southern New England is not that densely inhabited”.
If you’re in the Connecticut, Massachusetts, or Rhode Island area this spring and you hear or see a Magicicada, please let us know.
1907 Map of Brood XI from Marlatt, C.L.. 1907. The periodical cicada. Washington, D.C. : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Entomology.
Ah, the memories … It was around this time last year when the Washington summer air was full of love, full of life, full of … cicadas. Well, the cicadas have gone away, burrowed under the ground for the next 17 years. But fear not, cicada lovers. A similar invasion is just around the corner … summer interns. And they’re akin to cicadas in more ways than one …
Hey folks: there’s still a chance we’ll see stragglers.