Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Kenosha, Wisconsin



A book by Ross E. Hutchins

Illustrated by Arvis L. Stewart

Published: 1971

Addison-Wesley Publishing Company Inc.

  • ISBN-10: 0201031027

  • ISBN-13: 978-0201031027

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My Story & Obsession




Answer: I've been infatuated with the cicada since I was a young boy. I've always remembered the long hot summers where their songs continued at the height of the day despite the high temperatures. My first recollection of the cicada was at approximately the age of 5 when I discovered an empty shell on the side of my neighbor's tree. When I plucked the shell from the trunk, it crumbled into dust. I was puzzled at the time.


In second grade, my school teacher gave us a class project late in September to go out and gather insects for show and tell. One of the insects listed was the cicada. I was more into art and line drawings than hunting for bugs at this age. We had a small school library where I noticed some excellent line drawings in a book entitled "The Cicada;" the author; Ross E. Hutchins. I took the book out mainly for the pictures and since it was easy reading... I read it! From that point on, I just had to see a cicada and thus, my obsession BEGINS........


Late in October the same year, I found a dead Neotibicen clinging to a leaf that had fallen to the sidewalk. Excited, I tried to pick it up and the cicada's body fell into pieces. I was very disappointed and had to wait until the following summer before I finally was able to catch a living specimen.


It was late July the following year when the cicadas began to sing again. I was very excited and eager to hunt. I would climb into my neighbor's trees where the cicadas were singing and I would wait. I watched very patiently while the male cicada chirped without giving me much notice. The male cicada would strike a few notes and move a little. The cicada would then strike a few more notes and move a little more. The cicada inched closer and closer very slowly until it was finally in my range. Then POW! I caught the male with my bare hand and boy, the cicada didn't like it one bit! The cicada gave off a loud nonstop screeching sound that attracted the attention of my neighbors. I climbed down from the tree with my prize and took it to show my mother. I was a very happy young lad. I later let the cicada go and the hunt for more continued the rest of that summer and every summer thereafter.


I would catch many more with my bare hands by simply climbing the trees and waiting. Every summer, the cicadas would come and I would be watching. It would be a long time before I finally got to see an actual 17 year Magicicada. But the Neotibicens held me over until then... Everyone has their humble beginnings. This is my story and my destiny!






My full name is Lester Wayne Daniels.... And no, I'm not an entomologist, biologist, or a conservationist (I probably should be). I'm a full time police officer with a fetish for insects and nature. I've been tracking these insects for many years since my childhood and 40 years later, my same enthusiasm still remains. I enjoy outdoor nature photography as well as contact sports.  I also enjoy the internet, paleontology, action and horror movies, and collecting dinosaur and Japanese Godzilla toys.


Another collection which is displayed all over my walls (that I call my "Wall of Fame") is my different mounted cicada species from all over the world. The majority of my cicada collection came from Adam Fleishman of "Wings and Things" with many thanks for his assistance.


My hometown is originally Sandusky, Ohio which is located between Toledo and Cleveland and is commonly referred to as "Cedar Point," Ohio. I moved to Fremont in 1998 as a career choice and it wasn't until later that summer I realized, this town has a good population of Neotibicens!  Fremont has many old, undisturbed trees, historical points of interest, and many pine trees located in the city's south side.  


If there are other cicada enthusiasts out there, I would love to hear from you! Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions and concerns OR you can e-mail me to share cicada-related stories!  


EDITOR'S NOTE: No cicadas were injured or destroyed for the construction of this web page!


CREDITS: I would like to thank my wife and family - for tolerating my insect fetishes; my mother - for raising me abnormal;  Dan "Century" Mozgai of Cicada Mania - the best site on the web; Adam Fleishman - for all of the great cicada mounts; Gene Kritsky - for simply being a hell of a great guy; John Cooley - for being kind and informative as always; Chris Simon - for the tips on great locations;  James P. Key & Max S. Moulds - for giving me some great bugs; Roy Troutman - for putting together some excellent sound recordings and for being a true cicada enthusiast; and last but not least... to the cicadas for simply being themselves!!!




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(Background photo: Magicicada septendecim (Brood V)

Mohican State Park, Ashland County, Ohio  06/99)

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