My first cicada sighting was actually on Sunday, April 29th. I had left a tent out through the winter in the forest behind the house, and the tarp-like bottom apparently created a warmer environment enough to fool the brood in that small 7 sqaure foot patch. There were several cicada chimneys (.5 to .75 inch diameter tunnels extending up from underground to above the surface). I did see one cicada hanging out in an exposed tunnel. The insect was alive, but was moving slowly and obviously in no hurry.
Flash forward to tonight, May 7th at 10:00 p.m. After hearing about sightings in Oakbrook and Highland Park, I pulled up a few plywood sheets that have been on the ground since last November. Sure enough, there were exit tunnels all over the place, as well as a few cicadas. I certainly did not see enough cicadas for the number of holes there were. It's possible they went back into the holes to stay until its closer to their expected May 22 "break out," but who knows. While the pattern seems to indicate that they are only breaking the surface when there is something covering it (such as a tarp or a sheet of plywood), I did see one tunnel coming up in an open spot of the forest floor.
I had left a tent out through the winter in the forest behind the house, and the tarp-like bottom apparently created a warmer environment
I actually spent two weeks sleeping uner your tent tarp a few months ago. It was quit inviting!
My wife is freaking out about the Cicadas. The last time we had them in force she was pretty young and remembers walking to school and having to step on them as they covered the sidewalk completely CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH -- CableFAQ.org/Technicians Unplugged
17 years ago the main parking lot area in the arboretum was covered with cicadas. I enjoyed handling the cicadas with my then 2 and 3 year old boys. However, several years ago they dug up and rebuilt the parking lot area. So, I'm not sure what we will see at the arboretum this year. I plan to take my now 19 and 20 year old boys for a re-adventure.
Yup, I heard from my Mom yesterday who told me she's not going outside for the next few weeks. She's terrified to the buggers.
Haven't seen any in my neighborhood, but the subdivision was built in 1997. So I don't expect to see many, if at all. I'm spending a few nights at Starved Rock Lodge the first week of June. Probably plenty of the buggers to be seen there.
Looks like we're gonna get jipped (sp?). My brother, who lives in Des Plaines, not too far from the forest preserve has a gazillion of them in his yard.
I think I've seen about 20 in mine I thought, living in the "Arboretum Village" with all the trees and so close to the Morton Arboretum, we would have a lot. Apparently not. Someone said something about not having enough Oak trees in the area but my brother doesn't have any in his yard either. Oh well..
There are at least 200 in my backyard right now, and they've all started singing. I can hear the din from the LaGrange Highlands wafting west too. I'll gladly let you come over and sit here for an hour. You'll be glad to go home... -- Toolmaster of La Grange.
There are at least 200 in my backyard right now, and they've all started singing. I can hear the din from the LaGrange Highlands wafting west too. I'll gladly let you come over and sit here for an hour. You'll be glad to go home...
Well I guess I was just being too impatient. I went out this morning and there are tons of them around the bases of my trees. probably 50 or more around just one tree.
I have discarded shells and corpses 3" deep around a honey locust in the front yard. There are at least a couple thousand of them in that tree, the maple next to it and another few hundred of them in and about my crabapple in the back yard. The lawn looks like it's been aerated with all the holes. Mowing the lawn today was an exercise in avoiding dive-bombing cicadas. You could clearly hear them above the lawn mower engine noise.
Got out my sound level meter and it read 86 dB in the back and 90 in front. That's LOUD. -- Toolmaster of La Grange.