Skip to comments.East About To Be Overrun By Billions Of Cicadas
Posted on 05/06/2013 2:29:22 PM PDT by Biggirl
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.
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has Seth figured a way to blame this on global warming cooling climate change yet?
I grew up in New York City and I remember the year that there was a “hatching” when I was a child (in the 1950s and early 60s). The trees in Riverside Park were covered with them and the nearby gutters were full of cicada shells. The thrumming noise in August was almost deafening.
But it was kind of neat, and I still remember that summer.
I remember those guys. Musta been 3 x 17 = 51 years ago, when I was growing up in NJ, in 1962, if my math is correct. Pretty loud at night; roads literally covered with them, cars even got into accidents because the roads were so slick with crushed cicadas, and driving down the street, cars made crunching noises from the crushed bugs. Afterwards, almost all the trees had thousands of empty cicada shells on them
to be then followed by an infestation of moles.
I despise bugs-—to a phobic degree.
I’m not looking forward to this. Wonder if it’s too late to dig a bunker?
Cicadas in the East, rain today in Southern California, ammo shortages in Texas, Brie prices up in San Francisco, this is like the apocalypse.
Time for a cheesy new SyFy channel movie.
I was there for the 17 year Cicadas (Washington D.C.) 34 years ago.
The noise where they nested up in the trees was positively industrial. Those were some LOUD bugs!
Buried for 17 years and they came out to PARTY and raise a ruckus!
Keep ‘em in the North ping....
I use to pick em up and pretend I was using them as an electric razor....
They don’t really do any real damage and the other critters feast for a few days.
Wonder if its too late to dig a bunker?
The cicadas have already conquered the underground and their larvae will find your bunker a nice play to hide for 17 years.
Awww...they don’t bite ya.
Unless you are one of many species of birds. They love 'em!
It’s more of an orgy, really...;)
That is a TYPE of party!
And have lots and lots of sex :) That's what all the buzzing is about. Wonder how the females make a choice? Decisions, decisions, decisions. Bachelor #1 or Bachelor #2 or... Bachelor #341,289,402.
As kids (LOVED bugs) we used to pick the emerging nymphs off the sidewalk in the evening on their way to the nearest tree to hatch. We’d let them emerge from their shells on our bedroom curtains and wake up to adult cicada’s buzzing around our room. What fun!
Forget that, then...I’m not building them an apartment.
They emerged in 2011 here in middle Tennessee. They were loud and there were a lot of them.
You should try putting one of these on your bare arm. They have a vice-like metallic grip that is memorable.
Are you freaking now? :)
They’re saying they’ll be south of me.
I’m bummed out.
I love listening to them and the squirrels love munching on them.
I’m skeptical of the forecast as the squirrels and crows have been gathering in what sure seems like anticipatory hordes.
They did during the 2004 eruption. The front ends of the MetroRail trains were heavily splattered with cicada carcases. Truly disgusting.
Since they are all here legally they should be given EBT cards
17 years? That’s nothing. I found a bag of Sea Monkeys that I ordered as a kid. I kid you not, I put them in water and Sea Monkeys came out a few days later!
At 600-to-1 odds, it’s not fun for any person/animal to get “swarmed” by a hundreds or thousands. I had to use brooms to clean-off livestock during the last 16-17yr cycle. And there were bite welts.
They’ll make some nice compost in the forests, after denuding the trees and shrubs. I hope the birds remember what to do. Heh.
Well, here is a close-up of these suckers:
Keep your distance.
I envy you...life would be so much easier if bugs didn’t bother me.
I love snakes, mice, all those things, but the most overwhelmingly numerous life form, yeah, that has to be the one....
I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Everything I’ve read says this swarm is gonna be historic.
When it rains cats & dogs, that’ll be a good indicator.
Are they edible by humans?
Might be a good source of protein during the expected Obama famine (related to the Ukrainian Stalin famine of 1933 that intentionally starved about 7 million to death).
My Uncle was a POW in Germany in WW-II and they had to eat whatever bugs they could find to survive.
Some versions of locusts can be eaten in a pinch, apparently, and they aren’t bad roasted.
Whatever Stalin did, IMHO, Obama is capable of doing.
We’d better be ready.
When I lived in Texas and Arkansas, I used to love listening to cicadas in the summertime...
During the last invasion, Letterman actually had a cicada expert on as a guest, and he brought out a baking sheet of roasted cicadas. I hear they are quite good.
David actually tried one.
Thanks for posting a photo.
Cute bugs. I like bugs. They’re fascinating.
I wonder if my chickens will snack on Cicadas.
They’ve taken care of my Japanese beetle problem last year.
I remember a hatching in the early 50’s. Numbers do not add up. Minus 17 from the present is 1996, then 1979, then 1962 then 1945, much too early for me to remember. I was 10 in 1950 and it was a few years later, about 1952 when they swarmed in MD.
I’m incorrigible... I love all animals. ....LOL!
The only that creeps me out is leeches and I don’t really see many of those marching around in the mountains.....:)
Not to worry, they have a very short life span, -like one day. May they be sweet music to your ears, -appreciate.
This won’t be the Baltimore one. We had them in 1987 and 2004. Won’t have them again until 2021.
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