Periodical Cicada 2017 Standard Data Sheet

Download an Excel-compatible version of the data sheet here
Download PDF version of the data sheet here

Data obtained during the 2017 emergence of Brood VI will be incorporated into the periodical cicada database, available over the web at Cicada Central.

This project will generate a lot of data, and in the past, data have been submitted in a variety of formats, which has greatly complicated and delayed their integration into the database. In order to streamline this process, please follow a few simple rules and use the standard data sheet to report data. The standard data sheet should be an Excel-compatible spreadsheet with the following column headings, in order:

  • Latitude. Latitude North should be included in decimal (dd.dddd°) format only, WGS 84 map datum. Most GPS units can easily be set to display this format. Degrees, minutes, and seconds format (dd°mm’ss”) or decimal minute format (dd°mm.mmm’) are difficult for computers to parse.
  • Longitude. Longitude West should be included in decimal (dd.dddd°) format only, WGS 84 map datum. Most GPS units can easily be set to display this format. Degrees, minutes, and seconds format (dd°mm’ss”) or decimal minute format (dd°mm.mmm’) are difficult for computers to parse. Note that Longitude West does not have a negative sign for any location in North America.
  • Date. Dates should be recorded in dd/mm/yyyy format.
  • Time. Local time should be recorded using a 24-hour clock.
  • Elevation. Elevation should be given in meters (m).
  • Temperature. Temperature should be given in Fahrenheit (°F).
  • Species. Use full species epithets (skip the genus name, Magicicada) when reporting species identities. Do not use abbreviations (-decim, -decula, etc.), and use “unknown” when the species is not known or when you are recording a negative record.
  • Density. Use the four categories defined in Appendix 1 to record density.
  • State. States should be given as 2-letter postal state abbreviations.
  • Collector. The last name or names of collectors should be recorded in this column.
  • Locality Code. Any locality codes assigned must use the format given in Appendix 7 and are to be considered provisional until incorporated into the database.
  • Locality. A brief description of the locality.
  • Notes. Any notes about the collection site, the cicadas there, etc.,
  • Other. Once you have added columns A-M to your datasheet, you may add as many additional columns as you see fit. Remember to clearly label them.