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for the period May 2004 - June 8, 2004

8 May 2004: Indiana
Spencer Co.; 1 mi. W of Gentryville
(1 adult Magicicada collected; species not ID'd)
lat./long. [of Gentryville]: 38°06'15"N, 87°
observer: Peggy Brooks

10 May 2004: Ohio
Clermont Co.; Batavia [Clermont College campus] (1 male exuvium found)
lat./long. [of Batavia]: 39°04'37"N, 84°10'37"W
observer: Jan Stein Carter

12 May 2004: Indiana
Fountain Co.; Portland Arch Nature Preserve (3 Magicicada adults observed; species not ID'd)
lat./long.: ca. 40°13'07"N, 87°20'09"W
observer: Arwin V. Provonsha

12 May 2004: Indiana
Spencer Co.; Lincoln State Pk. [vic. Gentryville] (several exuviae found)
lat./long.: ca. 38°05'45"N, 87°00'11"W
observer: Peggy Brooks

13 May 2004: Ohio
Butler Co.; Oxford [Miami University campus] (1 adult Magicicada sp.female and 8 exuviae observed; species not ID'd)
lat./long.: ca. 39°30'33"N, 84°44'03"W
observer: Mary Heck

13 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; Newark [vic. Iron Hill Museum]
(3 adults and 12 exuviae observed; species not ID'd)
lat./long.: ca. 39°37'56"N, 75°45'22"W
observer: Cherie B.G. Keenan

13 May 2004: Maryland
Baltimore Co.; Catonsville (small numbers of nymphs, exuviae and adults observed on low plants and on house; no singing heard; species not ID'd.)
lat./long.: ca. 39°15'42"N, 76°44'36"W
observer: Robert S. Anderson

14 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; vic. Newark [U.of Delaware campus] (1 exuvium found)
lat./long.: ca. 39°40'46"N, 75°45'12"W
observer: Susan Whitney King

14 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; Newark [vic. Iron Hill Museum]
(4 adults and 44 exuviae observed; species not ID'd)
lat./long.: ca. 39°37'56"N, 75°45'22"W
observer: Cherie B.G. Keenan

14 May 2004: PA
Montgomery Co.; Haverford (Montgomery Ave. & Grays Lane)
lat./long.: ca. 40°00'57"N, 75°18'01"W
Cicadas observed and heard singing. "They were singing and all over the gardens. This is a residential area. 17 years ago the grounds of the Church of the Reedemer were full of them."
[species not ID'd]
observer: Jane Ruffin

15 May 2004: Maryland
Cecil Co.; Susquehanna River just south of Port Deposit and N of I-95 bridge (Donaldson Brown Center)
lat./long. ca. 39°35'24"N, 76°06'00"W; elev ca. 240 feet
"Many emerging on the grounds of the conference center with emergence holes under elm, beech, and other trees about every foot. Trunks of trees had tens to hundreds of exuviae. A reasonable number were damaged in emergence. When I returned at lunch to get an assessment of the mortality in emergence, gray squirrels had already feasted so only empty shells remained." [species not ID'd]
observer: Hal White

15 May 2004: PA
Lebanon Co.; vic. Colebrook (State Gamelands No. 145) (several exuviae observed; no adults sighted; no singing)
lat./long. [of Colebrook]: 40°14'17"N, 76°30'41"W
observer: Sven-Erik Spichiger

16 May 2004: Maryland
Cecil Co.; Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area (emergence observed; adults heard singing)
lat./long.: ca. 39°42'51"N, 75°49'34"W
observer: David H. Funk

15-16 May 2004: PA
Montgomery Co.; Musser Scout Reservation near Sumneytown
lat./long.: ca. 40°20'54"N, 75°26'17"W
(emergence in Delmont portion of scout camp behind dining hall between Sparks and Gren Day Lodges). [species not ID'd]
observer: James V. McGonigle, Jr.

16-19 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; Newark (Nottingham Green)
lat./long.:ca. 39°41'10"N, 75°46'13"W
"Emergence quite sparse with about 5 total seen in front of my house in three mornings. Other areas along Dallam Road had a few emerging. The buzz of adults calling is audible to one who knows what to listen to but hard for others to tune in to. It certainly is not the din I have heard in heavily infested areas. This area had no cicadas 17 years ago although there was a significant population about 2 miles to the south at that time. The development was constructed on farm land in 1957 so it seems that the area is being repopulated as the nymphs have residential trees to fed on. I collected one and matched the ventral side to figures in a 1962 publication from the University of Michigan [presumably the color frontispiece of Alexander & Moore (1962). The only specimen I looked at is M. septidecim."
observer: Hal White

16-19 May 2004: Ohio
Hamilton Co.; vic. Norwood
lat./long. [of Norwood]: 39°09'20"N, 84°27'35"W
BTW, I have now seen more (LOTS!).  They're coming out in full force in my yard in Norwood, OH (a small city completely surrounded by Cincinnati).  I started seeing teneral adults last Sunday night (16 May).  This morning
I had a quick look around to get an idea of what was there.  As I suspected, most were M. cassini (both sexes), but I did also find both a male and a female M. septendecim.
observer: Jan Stein Carter

17 May 2004: PA
Dauphin Co.; State Gamelands 246 (vic. Middletown)
lat./long.: ca. 40°12'39"N, 76°40'31"W
Several adult cicadas (100's) and cast skins were observed; cicadas were evident all along the trail on the S side of the gamelands; singing was noted.
[species not ID'd]
observer: Sven-Erik Spichiger

17 May 2004: Maryland
Baltimore Co.; Catonsville
lat./long.: ca. 39°15'42"N, 76°44'36"W
Great numbers of exuvia, nymphs, and adults on low plants, trees, house, etc. Adults flying from tree to tree, especially in oaks. Loud singing in wooded areas starting at daybreak and continuing periodically all day. Total numbers high, but not yet as high as during the last appearance. [species not ID'd]
observer: Robert S. Anderson


18-21 May 2004: NEW JERSEY
Mercer Co.; Princeton [Princeton University Campus]
lat./long.:  ca. 40°21'00"N, 74°39'15"W
"I'd like to inform you of cicada sightings.  I work at the Princeton University Press and next to our building there are some old trees with a couple hundred emerging cicadas.  Don't know the exact species.  I've been observing them since Tuesday to today (5/18 - 5/21) next to our building, the Scribner builidng on William Street on the campus of Princeton University. The odd thing is that a major library was built on this ground a couple of years ago, but they left a few of the original trees.  Suprisingly, with the amount of construction activity, it hasn't seemed to upset the cicada population.  If you are facing our building at 41 William Street in Princeton, go to the street on the left side of the buildilng and examine the old trees on the left.  They tend to be mostly on backsides of the trees, out of the sun."
observer: Andrew DeSio

19 May 2004: Ohio
Clermont Co.; Batavia [Clermont College campus]
lat./long. [of Batavia]:  39°04'37"N, 84°10'37"W
This afternoon while out on a field hike at Univ. of Cincinnati - Clermont College, Batavia, OH, we heard a number of individual M. cassini singing, saw a number of exuvia, and saw an adult male M. cassini.
observer: Jan Stein Carter

19 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; Newark [vic. Iron Hill Museum]
lat./long.: ca. 39°37'56"N, 75°45'22"W
Wednesday May 19 at 11:30 am at Iron Hill Museum 77 adults and still even more cast skins of the 17 year cicadas. [species not ID'd]
observer: Cherie B.G. Keenan




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20 May 2004: PA
Bucks Co.; State Gamelands No. 056
lat./long.: 40°31'02"N, 75°08'45"W
"Singing was evident, and some of the specimens had smaller red bands on the ventral surface of the abdomen, and could possibly  be M. septendecula.  Numbers were not as great as those in gamelands 246 in Dauphin County, but adults were easy to find."
observer: Sven-Erik Spichiger

21 May 2004: Indiana
Bartholomew Co.; 2 mi. N of Waymansville
lat./long.: ca. 39°05'30"N, 86°02'43"W
"17 year cicada adults, fairly numerous. Thousands of nymphs seen climbing up trees in evening. Should now be reaching peak."
[species not ID'd]
observer: Arwin V. Provonsha

21-22 May 2004: PA
Montgomery Co.; Haverford (Montgomery Ave. & Grays Lane)
lat./long.: ca. 40°00'57"N, 75°18'01"W
Cicadas observed and heard singing. All adults identified
to date at this site have been M. septendecim.
observer: Jason D. Weintraub

22 May 2004: PA
Montgomery Co.
; Haverford (Montgomery Ave. & Grays Lane)
lat./long.: ca. 40°00'57"N, 75°18'01"W
Cicadas observed and photographed by G. Cowper (forwarded 4 photographs include emergence holes, exuvium, newly emerged adult with exuvium and adult).
observer: Greg Cowper

22 May 2004: Maryland
Cecil Co.; Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area
lat./long.: ca. 39°42'51"N, 75°49'34"W
"I reported the beginning of emergence on May 16 at Fair Hill, MD. Only one group, at the extreme south end of the park was singing that day, but emergence had begun, presumable the night before, at localities throughout the park (I cover 20 miles of trail on my weekly mountain bike ride there). In any case, the ones singing were septendecim, the only species I had heard previously. Today (May 22) I did the same ride and they were singing at many localities. However, at one, north of Black Bridge Rd east of Elk Creek, I heard M. cassini in addition to septendecim. So far everything I have collected appear to be septendecim (the overwhelming majority, ID'd by ear). But I recorded cassini songs and they match the song posted on the Michigan site. This is the only site I heard cassini. There is no way you could confuse them with septendecim. I encourage everyone to listen to the recordings on the Michigan web site to familiarize themselves with the various species. The songs are radically different from each other."
observer: David H. Funk

23 May 2004: Maryland
Cecil Co. Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area
lat./long.: ca. 39°42'51"N, 75°49'34"W
"I went back to Fair Hill, MD this morning and can now report that all three species of cicadas are present. M. septendecim is the most abundant by a large margin, but at several spots in the park I heard cassini, too, and at one spot I heard all three: septendecim, cassini and septendecula. The septendecula were high up, so I couldn't collect any. This spot is about 200m due east of the Gallaher Rd. parking area (#4). From that lot, proceed east, across Gallaher Rd. Follow the dirt road down through an old hedgerow for 1-200m. All three species could be heard in this area."
"At one spot at the edge of an orchard at the southern-most point in the park (known to mountain bikers as "South Park") I collected both septendecim and cassini. (This is the only spot in the park I heard singing last weekend, May 16.) M. cassini is smaller, and has less extensive reddish coloration. In particular, there is no reddish banding on the abdominal sterna. I made close up recordings of individuals of both cassini and septendecim at the orchard. It is much easier to get close to singers in the orchard as the apple trees are only about 7 feet tall. My recordings of all three species match those posted on U of Michigan's web site:
observer: David H. Funk

23 May 2004: PA
Montgomery Co.;
Green Lane (Reservoir) Park near Green Lane Borough in Upper Frederick Township (take Hill Road off of PA Route 29 to get there).
lat./long.: ca. 40°20'48"N, 75°29'30"W
Cicadas were observed on Sunday May 23, 2004 during the middle of the afternoon.  "They were singing quite loudly. I am not an entomologist by training, but I would say that they were very abundant.  There were some trees that had multiple cicada casings (exuviae) per leaf.  We also observed many adults climbing the trees and flying around." [species not ID'd]
Observers: Tony Buda and Susan LeFevre

24 May 2004: Delaware
New Castle Co.; vic. Newark; U.of DE campus (Brown Laboratory)
lat./long.: ca. 39°40'46"N,75°45'12"W
"At the last AES meeting on April 28, Charles Bartlett noted that Magicicada cassini had not been recorded from Delaware. This morning (May 24, 2004) I collected a M. cassini perched on the front door of Brown Laboratory at the University of Delaware. It is considerably smaller than the other species and is entirely black on the underside of its abdomen.
     Another observation/curiosity. If you cup your hands loosely over your ears, the chorus sound of Magicicada is amplified significantly. This phenomenon works even if your hands are flat and about a inch away from the sides of your head. I presume the frequency of the cicada calls are selected preferentially at that distance somewhat like hearing "the sea" by holding a conch shell to one's ear."
observer: Hal White

25 May 2004: Maryland
Howard. Co.: Hwy. I-95 North Welcome Center (rest stop) near Middle Branch Patuxent River (Savage Park), 16 Mi. S of Baltimore
lat./long. ca. 39°08'28"N, 76°50'37"W
5-6:30PM; 80°F, humid, sunny
Abundant cicadas of all three species. Chorusing loudest at bottom of parking lot. Exuvia abundant, one teneral adult, mating, egg laying, specimens taken of all three species for collection of The Academy of Natural Sciences; also a sound recording made. Cicadas also at the Welcome Center opposite on southbound I-95, but the northbound site is much better.
observer: Jon Gelhaus

25 May 2004: Maryland
Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's Co./Washington D.C.
lat./long.:[of Cheverly]: 38°55'41"N, 76°54'58"W                                  
lat./long. [of the Mall]: ca. 38°53'23"N, 77°01'33"W
11AM-12PM, also 5-7PM.  Cicadas abundant from south Baltimore to the Beltway along I-95, even in poor strips of woods. Adults flying into traffic, chorusing loud. Cicadas also very loud along Hwy 50 from Beltway to downtown Washington DC particularly around Cheverly, MD. Some cicadas seen along road in DC, even downtown where few trees. Also along Mall.
observer: Jon Gelhaus

25 May 2004: Maryland
Harford Co. Hwy I-95 North, Maryland House rest area (2 mi. SW of Aberdeen);
lat./long. 39°29'51"N, 76°13'55"W
at dusk; 80°F
1 cicada collected, another observed in flight. Single specimen of M. septendecim deposited in collection of The Academy of Natural Sciences. No chorusing, no exuviae seen in quick look.
observer: Jon Gelhaus

29 May 2004: New Jersey
Mercer Co.; Princeton (Princeton Univ. campus between stadium & Carnegie Lake)
lat./long. ca. 40°20'33"N, 74°38'59"W
Periodical cicadas observed and heard. [specimens deposited in the Academy of Natural Sciences insect collection]
observer: Robert M. Peck

29 May -  1 June 2004: Maryland
Howard. Co.: Hwy. I-95 North Welcome Center (rest stop) near Middle Branch Patuxent River (Savage Park), 16 Mi. S of Baltimore;
lat./long. ca. 39°08'28"N, 76°50'37"W
M. septemdecim and M. cassini heard and observed. Cicadas were still extremely abundant along the stretch of I-95 between this rest stop and the area just north of the Washington, D.C. beltway. [specimens deposited in the Academy of Natural Sciences insect collection]
observer: Jason D. Weintraub

6 June 2004: Pennsylvania
Berks Co.; French Creek State Park
lat./long. ca. 40°13'52"N, 75°47'42"W
M. septemdecim  observed and photographed.
[specimens deposited in the Academy of Natural Sciences insect collection]
observer: Doug Wechsler

8 June 2004: Virginia
Frederick Co.; vic. jct. I-81 and route 11 (just
south of VA mile 317 NE of Winchester).
lat./long. ca. 39°12'57"N, 78°08'30"W
"I ran into cicadas (literally) yesterday, 8 June, while driving north on Interstate 81.  There were none in the Raphine area (Virginia mile 205) and people were looking for them.  Rumor had that they were as far south in the Valley as Harrisonburg.  I encountered them in great numbers around Winchester. I stopped for lunch at a Taco Bell at Virginia mile 317, roughly longitude  78°00', latitude 39°11' [see more precise lat./long. estimate above based on location of Taco Bell west of I-81 nr. VA mile 317], and found the area swarming with cicadas, apparently nearly all M. cassini.  The males were evidently giving their courting call in unison; it sounded like someone was operating an electric drill.  It was 12:45 PM EST on a warm, humid day (probably over 25° C) with bit of haze following a spell of cooler weather.  I saw no exuviae but the area had probably been built over since 1987, so that would not be surprising.  I did not notice signs of oviposition.  There were dozens in a small peach or cherry tree by the parking lot, a few flying, and a good many calling.  There were also hundreds lying dead or quiescent on the ground.  I collected a few in a plastic container and sorted them out later:  of 22 specimens, I apparently had 15 male cassini, 6 female cassini, and one lone male septendecem.  I'll keep the container in the freezer for a while in case anyone has further questions.  I looked for cicadas when I got to Pennsylvania (47 miles further north) but saw none."
observer: Stephen C. Fisher

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