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July 31, 2002

Cicada Comments from July 2002

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

Watching a cicada emerge from its shell

Wednesday, Jul/31/2002
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!

Tuesday, Jul/30/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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. Tara, Chicago, IL

One of the coolest things I have ever seen

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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!

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Monday, Jul/29/2002
Have recently seen 2 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!

Monday, Jul/29/2002
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

Sunday, Jul/28/2002
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


Sunday, Jul/28/2002
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.

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

cicada preferences for certain tree species, habitats

Wednesday, Jul/24/2002
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] Keith Clay, Bloomington Indiana

cicada lunch

Tuesday, Jul/23/2002
am marinating my catch in chocolate syrup for barbequed flying shrimp on a stick!! the lorax, Plainfield, Illinois


Tuesday, Jul/23/2002
caught one cicada,found two shells on two trees – get the syrup! the lorax, plainfield, Illinois

Cicada are emerging before your time tables

Tuesday, Jul/23/2002
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?

Monday, Jul/22/2002
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


Sunday, Jul/21/2002
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. 🙂 Please contact me at Thmbsup13 [AT] Thanks. Brandy, Cincinnati

Cicad Killer Wasps

Sunday, Jul/21/2002
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


Sunday, Jul/21/2002

Heard them tonight 7/21/02

Sunday, Jul/21/2002
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

Saturday, Jul/20/2002
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.

Saturday, Jul/20/2002
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


Saturday, Jul/20/2002
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

Friday, Jul/19/2002
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

Friday, Jul/19/2002
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. 😀 Kees, New Zealand

Cant wait for Summer

Friday, Jul/19/2002
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. 😀 Kees, New Zealand

Local Species

Thursday, Jul/18/2002
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

Thursday, Jul/18/2002
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 !

Wednesday, Jul/17/2002
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

Wednesday, Jul/17/2002
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!

Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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?

Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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!

Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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


Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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


Tuesday, Jul/16/2002
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


Monday, Jul/15/2002
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] Chad, Dallas Area,Texas

When Are They Coming?

Sunday, Jul/14/2002
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

Friday, Jul/12/2002
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.

Friday, Jul/12/2002
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

Thursday, Jul/11/2002
Here’s the webpage you need on info on the “Cicada Killers” you speak of, the Cicada Killer Wasps. go to: 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

Thursday, Jul/11/2002

I’ve always loved Cicadas

Thursday, Jul/11/2002
Here’s the best webpage that I have found will great photos of and information on the sweet Cicadas: 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?

Wednesday, Jul/10/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/9/2002
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

Sunday, Jul/7/2002
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?

Sunday, Jul/7/2002
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

Sunday, Jul/7/2002
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

Friday, Jul/5/2002
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

Thursday, Jul/4/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/2/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/2/2002
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

Tuesday, Jul/2/2002
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

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