March 24, 2013

"Are the Periodical Cicadas coming to your town?"

"The next periodical cicada emergence, Brood II, will happen in the Spring of 2013 in CT, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA and VA...."
Look out for cicada chimneys... also known as turrets. These are structures cicadas build out of soil, positioned above the spot where they will emerge.

19 comments:

edutcher said...

Oh, joy, and '61 was so much fun.

Those little buzzerds were everywhere.

John Burgess said...

About as inoffensive a 'pest' as can be, unless you've got very young saplings in your garden. Even then, all it takes is a hose to get rid of them.

Cedarford said...

Once living in New England, it is a wonder of nature. Locals tend to love it when it happens and feel protective of the noisy critters - save when a few deposit humongous bugsplats in windshields.

It is considered an "event" when a large brood emerges, something that happens only a few times in Northeasterner's lifetimes.

MadisonMan said...

I'd rather hear the whirrr of cicadas than the ding dong DONG of my neighbor's "melodic" wind chimes.

MadisonMan said...

I mean, is there anything that says summer more than sweating/dozing on the porch, in the heat, while the cicadas are whirring outside? I think not.

wyo sis said...

There are good thing about living in a cold climate.

virgil xenophon said...

@edutcher

You remember 61 too, eh? In east central Illinois one could hear them through the rolled-up car windows even at
speed..

betamax3000 said...

Re: Are the Periodical Cicadas coming to your town?"

I hear they tour infrequently. I'd like the concert t-shirt, however.

YoungHegelian said...

The last time the cicadas came to town in MD/DC, I was walking to Union Station for lunch, and I heard two young women having the following "conversation" in a screaming voice:

Young Woman A: "Get it off me! get it off me!"

Young Woman B: "I'm not going to touch it!"

I was on my way over to offer my gentlemanly assistance when A seemed to resolve the issue by herself.

Cicadas are basically harmless, and provide the rare event of a full belly to every insectivore in the area, but they do look satanic with their red eyes.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Thank God!! I didn't see California anywhere in that chart.

In the late 1950's (I think) we lived in Texas for a while and there was a huge swarm of grasshoppers. (I think they were grasshoppers, I was just a little kid). You couldn't step outside without crunching them under your feet or having them fly up and hit you in the face. To go outside or open the door was to invite hundreds of them to fly into the house. The clung to every possible surface and clogged up the car radiator if you tried to drive anywhere. At night they would beat themselves against the store windows, streetlights, stop lights. In the morning they used front loaders and tractor buckets to scoop up the dead grasshoppers and the next night there were just as many. The never ending sound was horrible, like something out of a sci fi movie. The creaking of their legs all night long, the rustling sound ....>GAH!!! the stuff of nightmares.

Conserve Liberty said...

In Eastern Missouri in 2002 I had my first experience with a true Brood Emergence. We had moved about 20 miles south and apparently that community was built directly over a major nymph incubation zone.

Yes, for about 10 days everyon's life was different - not bad if you didn't let it get to you, just different and, in a "splendor of nature" way, quite awesome.

At the time I was an avid fly fisher for trout, tieing my own flies and such. My buddies and I dyed some deer hair black, some folw rump saddles orange, got some red bead-eyes and tied up our imitation of the critters on Size 1/0 barbless hooks. Casting those torpedoes was a challenge, but once mastered we raised truly stupendous brown trout from the depths of "holes" the likes of which we had never seen and haven't since - 24" and even larger - all released, of course.

I'm actually looking forward to 2015!

Dust Bunny Queen said...

BTW: Periodical Cicadas makes me think of insects reading magazines.

virgil xenophon said...

@edutcher/

Gos to show geezers shouldn't trust their memories. I posted before I looked at the link. Guess it was 63 for Illinois, lol.

Chef Mojo said...

Cicadas are part of the soundtrack of the South. Love 'em. I'm living on the banks of the James River in Virginia, and I'm looking forward to the cicadas joining in the natural symphony at dusk.

The Godfather said...

They make a really annoying metallic sound. I hope the maps are right that they don't show up in my part of NC

sonicfrog said...

Grew up in Dallas... Cicadas = Summer!

shirley elizabeth said...

DBQ - the chart is just for 13 and 17 year cicadas, not the ones that come out every year.
Summer in AZ means hearing the cicadas and using string to fly the june bugs.

The Thomas said...

We get Cicadas every summer.

And we have cicada wasps that are ready and waiting to eat them.

Cicada wasps are "huge", something like and inch and a half long.

Mitch H. said...

I dunno, when we had our local brood come out a few years ago, it was maddening, and disgusting. Every tree screamed at you as you approached, and the bodies littered every sidewalk, until you couldn't go for a walk without constant, wet crunching underfoot.