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Subject :  Copulating and Singing Brood 10 Cicadas
Geographic location of the bug:  Gaithersburg, Maryland
Date: 06/14/2021
Time: 07:18 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these two Cicadas lying in the middle of the road and decided to get them out of harms way and get a closer look.  This is screen shot from a video.  The disengaged and flew off about 15 minutes later.  Then without harming another cicada, I made a video of him singing and this is a screen shot from that video with a closeup of the organ used to do it. It is the gray triangular area.  This cicada flew off as soon as I released its wings.
How you want your letter signed:  NancyA

Mating Brood X Periodical Cicadas

Dear NancyA,
Thank you so much for sending in your excellent Brood X Periodical Cicada images.  Even in Los Angeles, our local news seems to have daily reports on the Brood X emergence.

Periodical Cicada

Geographic location of the bug:  Fairfax, Va
Date: 06/02/2021
Time: 07:06 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  Hello! Here’s some Magicicadas that we found today-the larger one has the typical red eyes and the small guy has brown eyes!! Pretty sure they are both males. I love coming across ones with unusual eyes (I sent in a photo of a “mustard” eyed magicicada back in 2013.) They are so beautiful!!
How you want your letter signed:  Katie from Sumerduck

Periodical Cicadas

Dear Katie,
According to CNN, the Brood X Periodical Cicadas that are emerging in your area now are known as the Great Eastern Brood.  We located your Brood II submission on June 6, 2013 and also one on May 28 the same year.  It is wonderful that your location allows you to experience the 17 year emergence of two different Broods of the Periodical Cicada.

Periodical Cicadas

Subject:  Nice specimen
Geographic location of the bug:  Gatineau, quebec canada, september
Date: 10/25/2019
Time: 09:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this specimen in my pool when I noticed a lot of splashing. Seems it drops from my tree because of wind. Had a little mouth and big eyes.
How you want your letter signed:  Pat

Cicada Rescued from Pool

Dear Pat,
We were going to comment that this is a very late season sighting of a Cicada, and we realized you shot the image in September.  We do not recognize your Cicada.  It is quite dark in color, but we suspect it is one of the Annual Cicadas in the genus
Neotibicen which is well represented on BugGuide.  Because of your kindness in preventing this individual from drowning, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.


Subject:  What is this?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lucedale, MS
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 11:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found 3 of this insect in my backyard. 2 were dead and last one was alive. Then, I found 3 holes in the ground possibly the same size as the insect. My dog started digging and sniffing at the holes and then ran as if it something scared him.
How you want your letter signed:  Trimica

Cicada nymph

Hi Trimica,
This is a Cicada nymph and it has been living underground for several years, so the holes you found might be associated with it.

Subject:  Cicada ?
Geographic location of the bug:  North west Tn. Just North of Jackson Tn
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 11:57 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in my dogs mouth last night, August 18th 2019.  Is it a freshly hatched cicada? They are singing and flying all over but have never seen one at this stage before.  Magnificent color and size.  Then again it could be an alien species for all I know.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Frankie Brown

Newly Emerged Annual Cicada

Dear Frankie,
You are correct.  This is a newly emerged Cicada.  Did its wings ever expand, allowing it to fly away?  Insects are most vulnerable during and immediately after metamorphosis as their exoskeleton has not yet hardened.  We are going to tag this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award, though we have mixed feelings about the rescue.  If your dog injured the Cicada, it might not have been able to fly once its exoskeleton hardened, and since Cicadas are quite nutritious, you did deprive your dog of a healthy treat.  Living in Southern California now, our editorial staff misses the sound of Cicadas during the dog days of summer.

No it’s wings had not formed.  My dog had just picked it up and don’t believe it to be hurt.  You can see on the sides where the wings would form in time.  The strangest thing was feeling it throbbing like a pulse in my hand.  It was very freaky feeling.  I dropped it over the fence and told it to fly, be free.  It is a heavily feed on item by all animals when they are emerging right now.  I saw two crows drop in my yard and know they gota few lol.  Thanks for the verification.  Been in the south all my life and have never seen one like this.  Beautiful color also.  Thanks again,
Frankie Brown

The cicada was not hurt by my dog.  She was right beside me and I noticed she picked something up out of the grass.  I gently pried her mouth open because she was quite proud of what she had found.  Took it in the house to show my wife, made a few pictures for my gardening group, knew they would be interested.  I am a Master Gardener here in Jackson.  We are about bugs, bees, plants, anything in your yard that you can enjoy.  I also have a leafcutter bee tube on my fence.  I have 5 full reeds of cocoons and hope to winter them over for the next season.  They have done a great job pollinating my garden, strawberries, grapes, and blueberries not to mention various flowers.  Their specialty is garden veggies so I am told by the folks at Crown Bees.  Yes, after a few photos I walked to the fence and dropped it over where it would be safe and told it to fly, be free until we meet again.  I promise it was not hurt.  You can tell by the photo that it had no wings.  You can see jutting out from it’s sides where they will develop.  This thing was fresh!  Wasn’t sure it was not some alien creature but with all the cicada out here I would have bet the farm.  Had never seen one at that stage and my master gardener website is blowing up about it.  People are as excited as I was, and had never seen one either.  They enjoy my posts about the things I do and find in my back yard.  Thanks for the reassurance and I promise he was not hurt.  She picked it up gingerly and luckily I was watching in fascination as well.  Girl, what kind of green monster have you found?
Thanks again,
Frankie Brown

Subject:  Bee/wasp-like insect
Geographic location of the bug:  Kingston, NJ
Date: 08/17/2019
Time: 04:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  In the last week these bees have appeared in an area of our yard that is very dry with browned grass. All of a sudden they have bored holes in the ground with mounds of dirt around them. These bees are larger than most, seem non-aggressive but are wrecking the area around our patio. Today I noticed them attempting to move some dead cicadas towards the openings. Is there a way to rid the area of the bees(don’t want to kill them) and get them to relocate? We have lived here for 40 years and have never seen any bees like these? I would welcome all info.
How you want your letter signed:  Beelover, Liz

Cicada Killer

Dear Beelover Liz,
This is not a bee.  The Cicada Killer is a species of solitary Wasp that has a life cycle that lasts a year.  Upon emergence in early summer, a female Cicada Killer mates and then spends several weeks hunting Cicadas to provision an underground nest with food for her brood.  The larvae feed on the paralyzed, but still living Cicadas, and then pupate, emerging in early summer to begin the cycle again.  You will only be “troubled” by their digging for a short time longer.  We are having a hard time believing you discovered that trove of Cicadas on your walk.  We suspect they might have been excavated, destroying the underground nest along with a future generation of Cicada Killers.

A Trove of Paralyzed Cicadas