CURRENT REPORTS for 2005 season
The abundance of daily calls has dropped off significantly!!
As of this morning, here in Southern Maryland, 4 species of cicadas are still calling off and on: T. chloromera, T. davisi, T. linnei, and T. auletes are calling intermediately during the day, with increased calling activity for T. linnei and T. auletes up to dusk.
Friday, September 16, 2005 12:36:49 PM
City: West Lafayette
Location: Purdue University, a tree outside a Lecture Hall
Cicada Activity: I’ve seen a large amount of them in this area. It seems like a bit more than usual.
Comments: I found two exoskeletons practically on top of each other and I found this to be quite interesting.
Friday, September 16, 2005 9:32:33 AM
Location: HWY 54 & COATS RD.
Cicada Activity:I HAVE SEEN THEM ON MY POURCH AND IN PARKING LOTS AROUND TOWN. NEVER NOTICED THEM TILL THIS YEAR AND DIDN’T KNWO WHAT THEY WERE TILL SOMEONE TOLD ME AFTER I DESCRIBED IT.
Friday, September 16, 2005 9:19:30 AM
Location: Maple City Country Club
Comments: Found dead in the parking lot
Monday, September 12, 2005 11:26:17 AM
County: Prince George’s County
City: District Heights
Location: Hil Mar Drive
Cicada Activity: I have seen about five dead and alive. I think they live in a bush by my front door.
Sunday, September 11, 2005 1:42:07 AM
Location: North Dearborn Library
Comments: I was walking outside and I felt something crawling on my stomach. I lifted up my shirt, just to the navel, and I saw a cicada to my surprise! I was so alarmed because I didn’t realize they were still around. I ran back inside to tell somebody and they thought I was crazy, so I went back outside and it was gone. It could have been the weather that day or something I don’t know. I was shocked, I mean shocked. So I went back in to find a book on cicadas, and now I read a chapter every night before I go to bed. Do you think it’s weird to have such an interest in a bug? (NOT AT ALL!!)
Saturday, September 10, 2005 7:33:05 PM
Location: candlewood lake
Cicada Activity: Heard but never saw them my son found dead one in the lawn
Thursday, September 08, 2005 7:21:07 PM
City: Newport News 23608-2525
Location: Lacon Drive, closest elem. school is R.O. Nelson
Cicada Activity: Very heavy. I notice the oak trees especially are covered with brown branch ends, but have also seen this on beech and maple trees. I am in the northern area of Newport News and the damage is visible anywhere there are deciduous trees. The noise is tremendous.
Comments: I don’t know if it is because we are a NWF backyard habitat or what but we always have them and this year it is ridiculous. They sing so loudly you cannot sleep. I apologize for not having GPS coordinates. I have them somewhere as I am supposed to be a wildlife mapper for the Commonwealth.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005 10:36:14 PM
Location: Rt 101A North Nashua at Blackstone Drive Condo Complex bordering several hundred acres of conservation land
Cicada Activity: The cicadas chorus started in mid-July. Starts at sunset and goes through till just before sunrise. They are so loud you can barely hear the crickets in the background. They are loudest on humid nights. Tonight it is below 60 degrees and they are very quiet compared to the previous very warm nights in August.
Comments: I was very interested in the cicadas this year because they are so much louder than last year (maybe it is the warmer weather?) Either way, it was nice to see a website devoted to them – I actually love the sound they make although it appears they are somewhat destructive. Now that I have an idea what they look like I will report back if I see any.
Monday, September 05, 2005 8:49:14 PM
Location: Hartwell, near Vine and Galbraith
Cicada Activity: Annual cicadas much heavier than usual
Comments: Weather has been very hot and dry-hurricane Katrina’s rain caused a sudden emergence-almost like a mini Brood X!
Monday, September 05, 2005 3:35:40 PM
City: McDonough 30252
Location: Turner Church Rd.
Cicada Activity: I have always enjoyed hearing them buzz in the trees. When I was little we use to tie my mother’s thread to them an let the fly around. We would also close them in the palm of our hands and play like we had an electric shaver. I’ve seen on alot of dead ones this summer on my carport.
Comments: I noticed hornets flying with the Cicada in their grip. I was worried about the hornets only to find out that they are Cicada killers and are usually considered beneficial insects since they destroy plant feeding cicadas. The hornet can be seen at: http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/beneficial/ck02.htm I did not see a place to upload my shots to your site.
Monday, September 05, 2005 6:26:20 AM
Location: North Chattanooga
Cicada Activity: We have several cicadas just like the one at the top of this website. Our cats bring them inside to play with them in large numbers. They are about the length of my thumb and personally we find these insects disgusting. They slowly creap across the carpet!! However, the cats find them thoroughly amusing, and they carry them in their mouths, wings flapping. Only a few of them make noise, and I wonder if only the males make the noises? Only a few of them make it out of the house alive as well!
Sunday, September 04, 2005 11:19:31 AM
Location: block off of george washington memorial parkway
Cicada Activity: I’ve been hearing them all summer but just now realized what they were. Seems to be A LOT louder lately.
Comments: I found one on the road this morning. I didn’t have the camera with me to take a picture but it was about 2 inches long and very fat. I’m from the west coast and have never actually seen one before but I am positive that’s what it was.
As of this morning, here in Southern Maryland, 5 species of cicadas are still calling daily: T. chloromera, T. davisi, , T. linnei, T. auletes and T. robinsoniana. T. lyricen has dropped off considerably.
- winnemanna is currently calling in Central and Western Maryland as T. latisfasciata is calling on the Eastern Shore.
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Thursday, September 01, 2005 9:02:00 PM
City: Staten Island
Location: Castleton Avenue
Comments: Found two giant husks in my japanese maples!
Thursday, September 01, 2005 8:11:37 PM
Location: Charles Bugg Elementary School
Cicada Activity: approx. 2 days ago I noticed much louder singing. Yesterday my daughter pointed out this strange bug that her friends had spotted in numbers on the playground. This one wasn’t active but sunning itself. the air has been full of chirps and singing!!!
Comments: I lived through the 17year cicadas in IL. I was five and you couldn’t step without squashing one or two….I have yet to experience that number again!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 2:54:00 PM
Location: Behind in the woods of Dalton Middle School
Cicada Activity: Quiet, they are shedding their skin.
Comments: It was kinda cool holding it,it had pinchers left on the skin.
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 2:06:29 PM
City: Richmond (suburb)
Location: River Road and Gaskins Road area
Cicada Activity: I don’t think these are annual cicadas–is there such a thing as a “mini-brood”? We’ve got a ton of ’em right now, the sound is deafening in early evening. Saw two this morning in my front yard, one alive, one dead…weird!
Wednesday, August 31, 2005 10:05:49 AM
City: Cherry Hill
Location: South of Route 70 on Springdale Road
Cicada Activity: Last four weeks they have congregated heavily in the trees around our office – mostly oaks. Noisy. During last week, specimens have been found in parking lot (large about 2.5″ long and 3/4″ thick)
Comments: These are dark in color with white bellies and markings on back. Prior years have been smaller and more brownish in color. From what I’ve read these would be brood X.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 8:16:33 PM
County: Prince William
Location: Featherstone Elementary
Cicada Activity: We have seen a few of the T. Chloromera’s around our neighborhood. We have woods in the back of our residence
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 7:37:12 PM
Location: The corner of Route 123 and Route 58
Comments: The cicada landed on my car windshield. We have taken it inside. It must have been blown around in the winds from Hurricane Katrina. It seems injured and keeps rolling onto it’s back.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 3:35:08 PM
State: New Aberdour,
Country: Scotland UK
Location: North East Coast of Scotland, North Sea, near Fraserburgh
Cicada Activity: Insect found in greenhouse very loud buzzing. Approx. 1.1/2 inches long. Comments: Insect found in greenhouse not known but like a Cicada. Very loud buzzing sound.Approx. 1.1/2 inches long.Yellow and black body gossimer wings.1/2 inch sting at tail.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005 11:58:25 AM
Location: Air Products…. Corn Rd.
Cicada Activity: Several seen starting 8-20-05 as well as cicada killers
Monday, August 29, 2005 8:06:24 PM
Location: Lead Mine Road
Cicada Activity: The cicadas have been extremely active during these summer nights…The volume comes in waves from almost silent to deafening levels.
Monday, August 29, 2005 1:41:47 PM
Location: 21074 (zip) Hi-view drive
Cicada Activity: semi large emergence late july unusually late?? still here end of August is it a over lapp of last years X brood? we had less last year here but huge amounts as close as 5 miles away.
Comments: I am 44 years old and enjoy hearing the annual cicadas every summer but was surprised by the large number this year. I found 10 casings on 1 tree 3 weeks ago
Monday, August 29, 2005 10:25:15 AM
City: New York
Location: 76 st
Cicada Activity: First one I’ve seen, but hear lots of them.
Comments: Cicada was on clothing on line in backyard, then flew onto window screen. Sighting was on Saturday August 27, 2005 approx 6:30 PM.
Monday, August 29, 2005 9:10:47 AM
City: Arlington Heights
Location: on our back porch
Cicada Activity: Loud, obnoxious and constant..
Comments: It was sitting still on the inner side of our folding umbrella on the back porch.. when i touched it, it fell to the ground, dead…apparently, it died there… earlier, i found a tan shell on our hoses in the front yard, so they are rampant in this area.. my son is bringing the carcas to school for the nature exhibit…
Monday, August 29, 2005 3:38:21 AM
Location: Bayleaf Subdivision off Central Heights Road and off of highway 13 like going toward Snowhill
Cicada Activity: Very high in the morning and all day throughout the evening.
Comments: The medium sized Cicadas make their music in the morning, and the small and large sized Cicadas make their music late in the evening around 6p.m.
Sunday, August 28, 2005 12:28:15 AM
Location: Gateway Hospital or Clarksville High school
Cicada Activity: We have had cicadas hanging around our back door for the last couple of weeks. Today my daughter found crusty shells attached to the tree truck in our front yard. I’m assuming that the cicadas came from those. Other than this, I’ve not seen any this year.
Saturday, August 27, 2005 10:11:31 PM
City: Bowling Green
Location: Veterans Parkway and Morgantown Road, Far West side of town
Cicada Activity: Since Mid-July we have had heard nothing but the Cicadas, from morning until almost all night. At first it was nice, but now it like nails on a chalk board….it is making us crazy. We have had many in our garage and in all of our trees.
Comments: We have been in this house for 5 years and this is the first time I noticed having these. One dive bombed me while I was gardening. How much longer will they be here?
Saturday, August 27, 2005 5:39:53 PM
Location: between oldwick and pottersville
Cicada Activity: very heavy (and loud) for the last 10-14 days
Saturday, August 27, 2005 4:07:42 PM
Location: Druid Hill Park
Cicada Activity: For the last two weeks in August ’05 there has been good cicadas presence where I am in north central Baltimore. Their din is about 50% of that of last year’s Brood X. I have only seen one specimen and no holes in the ground in a spot where there were many last yr.
Saturday, August 27, 2005 2:03:23 PM
Location: County Line Church
Cicada Activity: Lots of noise however we found two dead ones in our yard just this week.
Saturday, August 27, 2005 12:31:22 AM
County: La Salle
City: La Salle
Location: creve coeur st
Cicada Activity: I’ve seen 2 and I have photos on my website:
Friday, August 26, 2005 3:32:47 PM
Location: Interstate 70
Cicada Activity: Our neighborhood’s trees are really buzzing. I see cicadas flying to a different tree almost daily. Several cicadas landed on my back porch at night (apparently attracted to the light.) I found a nymph shell in my yard also.
Friday, August 26, 2005 6:36:35 AM
City: Newport News
Location: Main St. and Warwick Blvd.
Cicada Activity: found about ten shed skins, several holes where the adults emerged, two live adults, and an awesome chorus for the last several days.
Thursday, August 25, 2005 5:37:21 PM
Location: Gaskins Road and Patterson Avenue intersection.
Comments: I can hear them in the trees behind my townhouse and several have fallen out of the trees onto my back porch.
Thursday, August 25, 2005 1:27:36 PM
Other Country: Ontario
City: St. Catharines
Comments: This is the first one I have every seen. Had to look on the net to find out what it was. It appears to be an annual. Found in on one of my towels hanging on the clothes line.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 11:05:15 PM
Location: Close to train station
Cicada Activity: This is the first year I’ve lived here, so I have nothing to compare.
Comments: They are everywhere. The have taken over my backyard. The dog likes to hunt and eat them. I had one fall on my face the other day. It was horrifying. When will they be done for the season?!
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 7:32:02 PM
Location: trimble rd, harford commons apartments
Cicada Activity: previosly discribed alot more than other years.
Comments: really loud during hot weather. they shut up when it rains.
Wednesday, August 24, 2005 1:13:17 PM
State: New York
Location: In front yard hiding in morning glory leaves on lightpost.
Cicada Activity: The cicadas have been making alot of noise in the trees. The noise has subsided though. My son found a 1 inch green cicada hiding on the lightpost in vines.