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17-Year Cicadas Will Overrun The East Coast Any Day Now
Business insider ^ | 5/28//13 | Ma nature

Posted on 05/28/2013 10:17:53 AM PDT by central_va

The noise these critters make sounds like a cheap 50's space ship sound effect.

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TOPICS: Outdoors; Science
KEYWORDS: cicada; cicadas; pests; virginia

1 posted on 05/28/2013 10:17:53 AM PDT by central_va
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To: central_va

I’m in rural Louisa Co. and it sounds like the Martian war machines from the original War of the Worlds film!


2 posted on 05/28/2013 10:21:25 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Surf music is the naked truth)
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To: central_va

I wonder if the recent cold snap killed a bunch of them.


3 posted on 05/28/2013 10:22:16 AM PDT by Perdogg (Sen Ted Cruz, Sen Mike Lee, and Sen Rand Paul are my adoptive Senators)
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To: central_va

They’ve only been coming around every 17th. summer for a couple hundred million years. But that won’t stop the low info crowd from FULL SCALE PANIC!!!


4 posted on 05/28/2013 10:23:44 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: central_va
After waiting 17 years they’re ready to get down and get busy.
5 posted on 05/28/2013 10:25:09 AM PDT by JPG (Stay strong.)
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To: central_va

Bush’s fault!


6 posted on 05/28/2013 10:25:16 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Stockpile them babies. It may be the only thing to eat in 10 years.


7 posted on 05/28/2013 10:26:59 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

I haven’t seen or heard any. Not even once, Miss Lewinsky.

I think they’re pretty cool though.


8 posted on 05/28/2013 10:29:29 AM PDT by 22202NOVA (DoD civilian, retired Army. Furlough...the new "F" word.)
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To: Perdogg
I wonder if the recent cold snap killed a bunch of them.

Doesn't seem to hurt the little guys around here.

9 posted on 05/28/2013 10:30:37 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: 22202NOVA

Nova gets brood X, lower parts of VA get brood II. Different 17 year cycles. If you go south to Fredericksburg you will see them though.


10 posted on 05/28/2013 10:32:08 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

I was having a conversation with my teenage daughter who, in typical low-information-biology-education fashion, thought the impending cicadas plague was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Even though these things are going to be a substantial nuisance, they really do speak to the majesty and amazing works of the Lord. By providing a food source that appears only once every 17 years, He creates a way for nature to cross the boundaries of the occasional brutal winter, or summer drought, or spring floods.

As I understand it, the re-emergence of the bugs is actually a regional event, with some areas of the country on a different 17-year sequence. What a beautiful way to ensure survival of species by providing a binge of food every so often, so as to ensure population booms among the types of animals and birds that feed on these blooms of insects across the country/planet.


11 posted on 05/28/2013 10:34:02 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: central_va
The local 17 year brood hatched out here in 2004. They were noisy, pervasive, but they don't really do much else. They're neat to look at with those orange-rimmed eyes. One got down the back of my dress and began singing many minutes later while I was driving at 65 mph. But I knew what it was, though it was startling, and just shook the beast out in the parking lot.

The east coast will survive.
12 posted on 05/28/2013 10:35:05 AM PDT by Nepeta
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To: Nepeta

You can sell the rare blue eyed ones on e-bay.


13 posted on 05/28/2013 10:36:50 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Nepeta
We get these every year in NY, yet ours are green and black and not what is pictured. There are enough to make a nuisance even in what is considered a low volume year.

Last huge year I can remember was 1985 when they littered the streets.

14 posted on 05/28/2013 10:38:29 AM PDT by Reagan Disciple (Peace through Strength)
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To: JPG
After waiting 17 years they’re ready to get down and get busy.

Sorta makes you wonder why we didn't call them "Prombugs"?


15 posted on 05/28/2013 10:41:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: central_va

I already have a pretty good case of tinitus ... maybe it’ll be white noise and I’ll hear perfectly .. ! ??


16 posted on 05/28/2013 10:43:35 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I can't prove it, but they're true)
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To: knarf
Not much of Brood II is in PA.


17 posted on 05/28/2013 10:47:53 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: GreenAccord

18 posted on 05/28/2013 10:51:02 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

“Billions of bite-sized snacks are about to appear in your backyard.”

http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/849537_17-year-cicadas-are-edible—taste-a-lot-like-shrimp.html

There are cookbooks for them.


19 posted on 05/28/2013 10:55:13 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: JPG

Fish Bait! Bream, trout, Both Bass, an Easy Fly pattern.
What’s not to like?


20 posted on 05/28/2013 10:56:09 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 ( Nothing so vexes me as a democrap above ground...ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS. (It's the Law))
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To: USMCPOP
“Billions of bite-sized snacks are about to appear in your backyard.”

Hallelujah! That bedtime prayer request for Cheetos to start falling out of the skies from when I was 7 is finally being answered!


21 posted on 05/28/2013 10:58:23 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: GreenAccord

Interesting perspective about the food source. Makes sense. There’s an area in India right next to Burma (OK, Myanmar) where a certain kind of Bamboo only goes to seed once in a blue moon. Bamboo rats suddenly multiply like crazy and nature puts on a show.


22 posted on 05/28/2013 11:00:38 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: USMCPOP

I’ve seen that show (Nova on PBS?) about that phenomenon.


23 posted on 05/28/2013 11:03:01 AM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar)
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To: Perdogg
"I wonder if the recent cold snap killed a bunch of them."

If only!

We're surrounded by woods, and it's a constant sound of Star Trek phasers set on high. I don't like bugs.

24 posted on 05/28/2013 11:14:00 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: GreenAccord
I was having a conversation with my teenage daughter who, in typical low-information-biology-education fashion, thought the impending cicadas plague was a once-in-a-lifetime event.

It is once in a lifetime... for the cicadas.

I didn't have many in my neighborhood when brood XIV hit in 2008, but just a few miles away it was a cicada summer of love.

25 posted on 05/28/2013 11:18:20 AM 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: central_va

I lived in DC VA ‘burbs as a kid and we got Brood X big time in 1970. I enjoyed launching them as a payload in Estes model rockets.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodical_cicada#Broods


26 posted on 05/28/2013 11:22:25 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: GreenAccord

A similar feeding frenzy has been observed in stores the day after Thanksgiving.


27 posted on 05/28/2013 11:25:25 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: central_va

They’re deafening here in York, PA, already. I see the casings all over the tree trunks and branches, but haven’t seen any flying, yet.


28 posted on 05/28/2013 11:27:31 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: GreenAccord

If you are 16 or under, it is a once in a lifetime event


29 posted on 05/28/2013 11:32:36 AM PDT by stuartcr ("I have habits that are older than the people telling me they're bad for me.")
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To: CatherineofAragon
Have you noticed the fall cicadas are chirping now too. It's like they are confused by the 17 yr kind's racket.

I just saw a squirrel eat 2 of them, he likes.

30 posted on 05/28/2013 11:41:48 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

You’ll never get that sound out of your brain.......


31 posted on 05/28/2013 11:43:50 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: dragonblustar

There are going to be some seriously fat squirrels around here.


32 posted on 05/28/2013 11:47:00 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
There are going to be some seriously fat squirrels around here.

Don't tell Huckabee.

33 posted on 05/28/2013 11:50:15 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: central_va

It’s fun watching the birds take their fill.

It’s like the movie where the school of thousands of fish gather and then the sharks show up.


34 posted on 05/28/2013 11:51:07 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (The reason we own guns is to protect ourselves from those wanting to take our guns from us.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

I have this small/medium sized spider and a couple are in his web, he doesn’t really know what to do with something so large.


35 posted on 05/28/2013 11:53:39 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
I remember about 30 years ago there was a “gypsy moth” infestation in the Northeast and in my area the trees were absolutely denuded of leaves by July 1st.I remember walking home at night from the train station (I worked 4PM-Midnight) and hearing them chewing on the leaves.Spooky.
36 posted on 05/28/2013 11:56:11 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Cardinal family is gorging themselves right now.


37 posted on 05/28/2013 11:57:55 AM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va

You know, my husband mentioned that.

We’re probably going to see animals waddling around with bellies about to burst from the cicada buffet (ugh).


38 posted on 05/28/2013 12:31:54 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization).)
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To: central_va

There’s been a 50’s B-movie sci-fi flying saucer hovering over my house for about a week now.

Must have some sort of cloaking device, because I just can’t see the dang thing, lol.


39 posted on 05/28/2013 12:33:41 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Gay State Conservative

the same thing happened to us about 20 yrs ago at our camp in NY - you could hear and see the poop rain down on everything - quite gross


40 posted on 05/28/2013 12:35:50 PM PDT by Revelation 911 (hump scratching n'er do well.....all strung out on chicken wings and venison jerky)
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To: central_va

I drove from Fredrickburg yesterday and they were very loud. Nothing in Williamsburg or south Hampton Roads.


41 posted on 05/28/2013 12:44:52 PM PDT by BubbaBasher ("Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals" - Sam Adams)
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To: central_va

I heard that Ft. Belvoir has a bunch, and so do lots of other places around. I hope we get to see some; they’re pretty cool in my book. Stink bugs on the other hand I could do without.


42 posted on 05/28/2013 4:18:33 PM PDT by 22202NOVA (DoD civilian, retired Army. Furlough...the new "F" word.)
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To: central_va
I was staying in Virginia during the weekend of the dedication of the WW2 Memorial in Washington. MY good Lord, what was racket and mess. Thousands of them buzzing like dive bombers at you, and hearing the crunch of their bodies as you walk on them.

You could not take a step without walking on their dead bodies.

43 posted on 05/28/2013 4:33:56 PM PDT by mware
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You could not take a step without walking on their dead bodies.

They weren't dead....

44 posted on 05/28/2013 4:39:07 PM PDT by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: central_va
They weren't dead....

Well, almost.

45 posted on 05/28/2013 4:43:34 PM PDT by mware
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To: central_va

So close to Deep Creek, Maryland...

It’s a loooong story...but Deep Creek getting overrun by cicadas this weekend would be poetic justice:)


46 posted on 05/28/2013 4:49:09 PM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (G-d be with and keep safe the Benghazi Whistleblowers)
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To: JPG

“After waiting 17 years they’re ready to get down and get busy.”

I know there are different meanings of “Get Down” but in the case of the Cicadas, getting up is appropriate. They are nature’s aerators, living under ground until it is time to appear once again. We lived in Northern Virginia during the past several appearances. They leave a nice breathing hole for the earth to restore itself.


47 posted on 05/28/2013 5:05:21 PM PDT by billhilly
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To: central_va

I grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, and certainly remember those suckers one year... there were crunchy bug bodies everywhere... couldn’t walk anywhere without lots of crunching for a few weeks.


48 posted on 05/28/2013 5:17:20 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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