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East About To Be Overrun By Billions Of Cicadas
Associated Press ^ | May 6,2013 | Seth Borenstein

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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TOPICS: Outdoors
KEYWORDS: cicadas; eastcoast; insects
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1 posted on 05/06/2013 2:29:22 PM PDT by Biggirl
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To: Biggirl
good.
2 posted on 05/06/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Biggirl

has Seth figured a way to blame this on global warming cooling climate change yet?


3 posted on 05/06/2013 2:32:22 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Biggirl

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.


4 posted on 05/06/2013 2:33:09 PM PDT by livius
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To: Biggirl

Biblical proportions.


5 posted on 05/06/2013 2:33:27 PM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Biggirl
Cicada infestations boost nutrients for forests FR thread from 2004
6 posted on 05/06/2013 2:33:44 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Biggirl

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


7 posted on 05/06/2013 2:35:30 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: Biggirl
Drudge described it as a plague.

Will the Cicadas be visiting Washington, D.C.?


8 posted on 05/06/2013 2:35:42 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: All
Cicada ice cream sales come to end in Missouri FR thread from 2011
9 posted on 05/06/2013 2:35:47 PM PDT by TigersEye (If babies had guns they wouldn't be aborted)
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To: Biggirl

to be then followed by an infestation of moles.


10 posted on 05/06/2013 2:36:37 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Biggirl
Not nice critters:


11 posted on 05/06/2013 2:36:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: Biggirl

I despise bugs-—to a phobic degree.

I’m not looking forward to this. Wonder if it’s too late to dig a bunker?


12 posted on 05/06/2013 2:37:01 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: Biggirl

Cicadas in the East, rain today in Southern California, ammo shortages in Texas, Brie prices up in San Francisco, this is like the apocalypse.


13 posted on 05/06/2013 2:37:39 PM PDT by ansel12 (Sodom and Gomorrah, flush with libertarians and liberals, short on social conservatives.)
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To: Biggirl

Time for a cheesy new SyFy channel movie.

Cicadapus


14 posted on 05/06/2013 2:37:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Biggirl

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!


15 posted on 05/06/2013 2:38:03 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: ansel12

LOL!


16 posted on 05/06/2013 2:38:45 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: stylecouncilor

Keep ‘em in the North ping....


17 posted on 05/06/2013 2:39:02 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Biggirl

Kewel ...

I use to pick em up and pretend I was using them as an electric razor....


18 posted on 05/06/2013 2:39:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: carriage_hill

They don’t really do any real damage and the other critters feast for a few days.


19 posted on 05/06/2013 2:39:25 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I’m not looking forward to this. Wonder if it’s too late to dig a bunker?

Wonder if it’s 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.

20 posted on 05/06/2013 2:41:01 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: carriage_hill

Awww...they don’t bite ya.


21 posted on 05/06/2013 2:41:19 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: carriage_hill
Not nice critters:

Unless you are one of many species of birds. They love 'em!

22 posted on 05/06/2013 2:42:08 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: allmendream

It’s more of an orgy, really...;)


23 posted on 05/06/2013 2:43:38 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: Salamander

That is a TYPE of party!

;)


24 posted on 05/06/2013 2:44:09 PM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: allmendream
Buried for 17 years and they came out to PARTY and raise a ruckus!

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.

25 posted on 05/06/2013 2:44:22 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: livius

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!


26 posted on 05/06/2013 2:44:37 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Forget that, then...I’m not building them an apartment.


27 posted on 05/06/2013 2:45:26 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: Biggirl

They emerged in 2011 here in middle Tennessee. They were loud and there were a lot of them.


28 posted on 05/06/2013 2:45:51 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Inside every liberal and WOD defender is a totalitarian screaming to get out.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

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? :)


29 posted on 05/06/2013 2:45:53 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

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.

I hope...:)


30 posted on 05/06/2013 2:46:02 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: F15Eagle
Will the Cicadas be visiting Washington, D.C.?

They did during the 2004 eruption. The front ends of the MetroRail trains were heavily splattered with cicada carcases. Truly disgusting.

31 posted on 05/06/2013 2:46:27 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Biggirl

Since they are all here legally they should be given EBT cards


32 posted on 05/06/2013 2:46:38 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: fwdude

YES!


33 posted on 05/06/2013 2:48:34 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: Biggirl

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!


34 posted on 05/06/2013 2:49:03 PM PDT by MNDude (Sorry for typos. Probably written on a smartphone, and I have big clumsy fingers.)
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To: cripplecreek; Bloody Sam Roberts

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.


35 posted on 05/06/2013 2:49:37 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: CatherineofAragon
I despise bugs

Well, here is a close-up of these suckers:

Keep your distance.

36 posted on 05/06/2013 2:49:58 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (LBJ declared war on poverty and lost. Barack Obama declared war on prosperity and won. /csmusaret)
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To: Salamander

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.

(sheesh)


37 posted on 05/06/2013 2:50:54 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: ansel12

When it rains cats & dogs, that’ll be a good indicator.


38 posted on 05/06/2013 2:51:21 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: fwdude

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).

http://faminegenocide.com/mace_ch3.html

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.


39 posted on 05/06/2013 2:52:51 PM PDT by George Varnum (Liberty, like our Forefather's Flintlock Musket, must be kept clean, oiled, and READY!)
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To: Biggirl

When I lived in Texas and Arkansas, I used to love listening to cicadas in the summertime...


40 posted on 05/06/2013 2:54:01 PM PDT by CA Conservative (Texan by birth, Californian by circumstance)
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To: George Varnum

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.


41 posted on 05/06/2013 2:54:43 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: freedumb2003

OMG, LOL


42 posted on 05/06/2013 2:55:52 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ( (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization))
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To: freedumb2003
Lol. at least it's not this:


43 posted on 05/06/2013 2:56:20 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: carriage_hill

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.


44 posted on 05/06/2013 2:56:29 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: livius

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.


45 posted on 05/06/2013 2:56:57 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (Better the devil we can destroy than the Judas we must tolerate.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

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.....:)


46 posted on 05/06/2013 2:57:17 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: allmendream

LOL

Bugligula!


47 posted on 05/06/2013 2:59:08 PM PDT by Salamander
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To: Biggirl

Not to worry, they have a very short life span, -like one day. May they be sweet music to your ears, -appreciate.


48 posted on 05/06/2013 2:59:33 PM PDT by Vinylly
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To: Biggirl
Brood II map from Magicicada.org brood maps


49 posted on 05/06/2013 2:59:42 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

This won’t be the Baltimore one. We had them in 1987 and 2004. Won’t have them again until 2021.


50 posted on 05/06/2013 3:02:29 PM PDT by jaybee
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