Back in the very early spring we started talking about cicadas and about being a part of Cicada Watch for Mecklenburg County. We’d love to see your pictures and hear your reports. Here’s an update from Lenny Lampel.
“Thank you so much to all the volunteer observers and local residents who have submitted data so far. In our region, we began documenting the emergence almost two weeks ago in Waxhaw (Union County). Even while some cicadas are still emerging from the ground in Waxhaw, the loud choruses are now well underway in mature wooded areas, especially around the JAARS Center. In Mecklenburg County, the emergence of Brood XIX began about a week ago and is now beginning to really pick up. So far, most of the activity is being observed in the south end of the county. Both Lower McAlpine Creek Greenway and Four Mile Creek Greenway have an increasing number of cicadas each day. Both of these locations can be accessed at a public parking area on the east side of Johnston Road, less than one mile north of I485. A map has now been added to the website to display the local Brood XIX locations that have been documented so far. The map is updated frequently as new reports come in.
So far, the cicadas seem to be emerging at a steady pace over the course of several nights, rather then the majority all emerging at once. Over the next week we should see a lot more activity in Mecklenburg County and surrounding areas as the choruses grow stronger and the cicadas continue to emerge.
Here are the links one more time for the website: https://sites.google.com/site/cicadawatch2011/ , the data form: Cicada Watch and the Facebook page: facebook.com/CicadaWatch
As always, let me know if you have any questions or need information.
Keep your eyes open! We’re getting into the thick of it now!
Natural Resources Coordinator
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Conservation Science Office
9401 Plaza Road Extension”