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Old 04-21-13, 06:23 AM
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Cicadae

You guys in the northeast better hunker down. Your 17 years is up and the cicada swarms are about to begin. Have fun
 
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Old 04-21-13, 06:27 AM
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I like your new look, lol!
 
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Old 04-21-13, 09:06 AM
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I figured since we couldn't create our own avatars, I'd change things a little to see if anyone noticed. Thanks.
 
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Old 04-21-13, 09:16 AM
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Oh.....that's a stock avatar. It's so lifelike
 
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I remember driving through a small town in NC or SC on my way to FL to see some friends.....

As soon as I pulled in to town I started thinking there was a problem with my truck because of the noise. It was just the sound of the cicadas in the trees on the main drag through town.

Truly a weird thing...
 
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Old 04-21-13, 09:28 AM
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I get my share of them in an ordinary year. They hang around my birch trees and leave their shells sitting on them when they hatch from them! Yuk, grosses me out every time.

Guess I have to look forward to lots more this year.


 
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That's OK, Becky, they are planning on billions with a B, to the extent the natural predators won't be able to gorge themselves enough on them. Everyone thinks they decimate plant life in their path, when in reality all they are doing is mating and laying eggs, grabbing a snack along the way. Of course a billion happy meals is a lot Then as fast as they came, they're gone for another 17 years.
 
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Some people I know like to pop them in their mouth and eat them Yuck! I don't know Larry about your new avatar it just isn't you but I guess I can get used to it. It certainly is different.
 
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Old 04-22-13, 03:32 AM
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OK, I'm back. I just thought after 8 years change was due.
 
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Golly, I just thought you had shaved
 
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I remember the last time they made a big deal. I can't say I noticed anything different from any other year. They are around every year. Each one is on its own 17 year cycle.
 
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Old 05-20-13, 04:56 PM
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We have a few thousand on our property. They make this droning sound when they are up in trees. My chickens are going wild !! I free range them during the day and they are waiting on me to open the gate in the morning. They bee-line for the fruit trees. They peck the cicada until it dies, I guess, then they turn it around, gently, pick it up by its fat head, and POW, it's gone.

Even my dog is getting in on the action. Wifey looked them up and found restaurants that have cicada specialties. Whoops, goin' to McD's that night!
 
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Old 05-20-13, 06:01 PM
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I haven't seen any of the cicada around here although they have made a big fuss about them being in Virginia. So far none here. I don't blame you about the restaurant idea I wouldn't eat those things either although a friend of mine ate one right in front of me once. It still grosses me out just thinking about it yuck!
 
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Well I don't remember them from 17 years ago or the 17 years before that so I'll wait and see if its a real deal or another y2k, Mayan calender.
 
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I don't know for sure but I think the 17yr deal is dependent on location. Seems like our 17 yr cycle was a few yrs back. I've been fortunate that they've never made it to the top of my hill but they have had me surrounded ..... and the 'drone' can get fairly loud.
 
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Old 06-02-13, 12:37 PM
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I am truly growing weary of the 92dB droning. I can't even hear my Cummins idle NOWHERE else in our county except for our valley are the cicadae. It is weird to go to a jobsite less than a mile away and perfect quiet!!
 
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Old 06-06-13, 12:53 PM
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Aha, I have found one good thing about the cicada. Birds are totally absent from our bird feeders/suet, and we actually have cherries left on our trees. It seems the birds are gorging themselves on cicada. OK, I'll leave the thread alone.

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Old 06-06-13, 01:14 PM
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I usually see a few around, but I haven't seen one yet.
They must all be at your place, Larry!
 
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We have some cicadae(?), but not the 17 year guys. At least not yet. Hopefully, they will all keep annoying Larry and leave the rest of us alone.
The ones we have are annoying enough. They keep me awake after my 2 AM bathroom visit.

Ever try to get 8 hours sleep with a 3 hour bladder?
 
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Old 06-06-13, 05:35 PM
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I have not seen one cicada in my lifetime. We dont get them here in NJ as far as I remember...

Nothing as we speak.

Although there are more wasp mounds in the lawns this year. Never seen them too much. Must mean something, but still no cicadas....

Nope...zero...zilch.....
 
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Old 06-08-13, 01:33 PM
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We have cicadaes in NJ. They are the ones that make that funny buzzing/rattling type sound. Next time you are outside and hear that, look towards the noise. Usually in a tree. You will see it fly away when it stops.
 
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Found this rather large fellow on our deck yesterday and remembered this thread. First time I've ever seen one of these guys.

Seeing and hearing this thing finally cleared up a life long mystery. I heard their sound. Must have been one up in a tree that started buzzing, then this thing responded. I was in shock! Hearing that sound as a little kid, my Dad told me they were 'tree frogs'. I spent years as a child trying to find these frogs in trees and never did. I'm sure Dad is having a good laugh about this.

Weird year for bugs up hear. More wasps and yellow jackets around than I've ever seen before.

 

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