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After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas emerging
KC Star ^ | 5/20/07 | TARA BURGHART

Posted on 05/20/2007 9:59:37 PM PDT by hole_n_one

After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas emerging

These flying insects live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal will be mating.

By TARA BURGHART

The Associated Press

CHICAGO | Coming soon: Brood XIII.

It sounds like a bad horror movie. But it’s actually the name of the billions of cicadas expected to emerge this month in parts of the Midwest after spending 17 years underground.

The red-eyed, shrimp-sized, flying insects don’t bite or sting. But they are known for mating calls that produce a din that can overpower ringing telephones, lawn mowers and power tools.

Brood XIII is expected across northern Illinois and in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. Cicadas live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal is mating.

They don’t harm humans, although they are clumsy and might fly into people. Birds, squirrels and pets, especially dogs, love to eat them, and they are high in protein.

“They’re going to have quite a meal. It’s going to be like Thanksgiving for them,” said Tom Tiddens, supervisor for plant health care at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

They are periodical cicadas, which are only found in the eastern half of North America. The annual, or dog-day cicadas, that appear every summer are common around the world.

The last massive emergence of periodical cicadas was in 2004, when Brood X emerged after 17 years underground in parts of 15 Eastern states. Some broods emerge after 13 years.

A single male’s shrill courtship call can reach 90 decibels, which is equivalent to a kitchen blender.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden, spokeswoman Gloria Ciaccio joked that her advice for brides holding outdoor weddings will be to put the tent flaps down and turn the music up.



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Let's see.....

A billion bugs flying amok vs. SoCal's fires, floods and earthquakes.

I Love LA!!!

1 posted on 05/20/2007 9:59:43 PM PDT by hole_n_one
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To: hole_n_one
But they are known for mating calls that produce a din that can overpower ringing telephones, lawn mowers and power tools.

We get cicadas every year. Some years it's the 17-year cicada, some years the 13-year cicada, but they show up in late May, early June every year. And they make a terrible racket. I actually enjoy hearing them every year.

2 posted on 05/20/2007 10:02:54 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: hole_n_one
These flying insects live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal will be mating.

Not sure I blame them.

3 posted on 05/20/2007 10:03:44 PM PDT by dighton
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To: SittinYonder

I wonder if this is affecting the honey bees.


4 posted on 05/20/2007 10:03:53 PM PDT by chopperman
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To: SittinYonder

Why so precise? Aren’t they ever off by a year or two?


5 posted on 05/20/2007 10:05:00 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: SteveMcKing

I’ve never understood this. As I said, we get them every year, but my understanding is that it’s different cicadas from year to year. I’ve always meant to find out more about them but never have.


6 posted on 05/20/2007 10:08:49 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: SittinYonder

The article does note that there are also annual cicadas; I wonder if that’s what you get, or if you just have enough different “broods” that you get the periodic cicadas every year.


7 posted on 05/20/2007 10:09:53 PM PDT by xjcsa (In memoriam...Jerry Falwell, August 11, 1933 - May 15, 2007. Enter into your eternal inheritance.)
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To: eyespysomething
Birds, squirrels and pets, especially dogs, love to eat them, and they are high in protein

There's nothing my wife likes to hear better than our dog crunching on a cicada ... LOL

8 posted on 05/20/2007 10:10:34 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: SteveMcKing

http://georgiafaces.caes.uga.edu/storypage.cfm?storyid=2201

Link to a good story about the 17 year cicada that came out in 2004. Georgia FACES is a great place for information on plants and bugs and stuff.


9 posted on 05/20/2007 10:13:46 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: xjcsa

Yes. We get both the annual and periodic cicadas.


10 posted on 05/20/2007 10:14:35 PM PDT by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: hole_n_one

“A single male’s shrill courtship call can reach 90 decibels, which is equivalent to a kitchen blender.”

I hate those danged things. I remember plugging my ears when I was a kid to drown out the sound.


11 posted on 05/20/2007 10:15:23 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: sageb1

Although...I hate Gypsy Moths more.


12 posted on 05/20/2007 10:17:18 PM PDT by sageb1 (This is the Final Crusade. There are only 2 sides. Pick one.)
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To: SteveMcKing; SittinYonder
Why so precise? Aren’t they ever off by a year or two?

I read somewhere that it may have to do with avoiding predators. If they emerged every year, predators would expect them and be ready to feast on them. If they were off by a year or two, it's likely they wouldn't find a mate and would die without reproducing.

13 posted on 05/20/2007 10:19:11 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: hole_n_one

I secretly hate those things.


14 posted on 05/20/2007 10:21:04 PM PDT by The Worthless Miracle (I think Jamie Dupree is annoying.)
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To: hole_n_one; aculeus; Thinkin' Gal; Billthedrill
A billion bugs flying amok vs. SoCal's fires, floods and earthquakes. I Love LA!!!

It’s one damned bug or another.

15 posted on 05/20/2007 10:27:30 PM PDT by dighton
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To: The Worthless Miracle

“I secretly hate those things.”

It’s no longer a secret.


16 posted on 05/20/2007 10:38:16 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: hole_n_one

http://biology.clc.uc.edu/steincarter/recipes.htm

oooo look........yummy recipes!

Time to invite the inlaws over.


17 posted on 05/20/2007 10:49:31 PM PDT by silver charm (Duncan Hunter '08)
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To: silver charm

Deep fry the little suckers!


18 posted on 05/20/2007 10:56:32 PM PDT by claudiustg (I curse you, Rudy of the Giuliani!)
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To: dighton

We don’t have much here in Oregon. It’s all mellow here, weather and bug wise anyway.


19 posted on 05/20/2007 10:56:58 PM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: hole_n_one

20 posted on 05/20/2007 11:03:07 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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To: hole_n_one

21 posted on 05/20/2007 11:26:11 PM PDT by HisKingdomWillAbolishSinDeath (Christ's Kingdom on Earth is the answer. What is your question?)
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To: hole_n_one
These flying insects live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal will be mating.

they are clumsy

A single male’s shrill courtship call can reach 90 decibels, which is equivalent to a kitchen blender.

But they are known for mating calls that produce a din that can overpower ringing telephones, lawn mowers and power tools.

sounds like teenagers to me


22 posted on 05/20/2007 11:37:01 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("I like to legislate. I feel I've done a lot of good." Sen. Robert Byrd)
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To: SittinYonder

LOL... one of our dogs eats ladybugs like they were skittles. He loves them.


23 posted on 05/21/2007 12:12:31 AM PDT by kenth (I got tired of my last tagline...)
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To: hole_n_one

My toddlers were fascinated with these things. They buzz around the ground in circles when they get older and can’t fly.

On long Island the yearly cicadas made a racket every august and july. At night you hear them whirring in the trees. When I moved, I actually missed them.


24 posted on 05/21/2007 12:37:29 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: hole_n_one

Countdown until someone claims all the extra cicadas this year is a result of global warming...

10, 9, 8, 7, ...


25 posted on 05/21/2007 12:49:24 AM PDT by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: SittinYonder

My dog (Cairn Terrier) loves to eat Cicados too. And you’re right. It’s crunch, crunch time!


26 posted on 05/21/2007 1:08:05 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: hole_n_one
There for a big COLD surprise. It’s like 45 degree lows here!
27 posted on 05/21/2007 1:16:56 AM PDT by endthematrix (a globalized and integrated world - which is coming, one way or the other. - Hillary)
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To: dighton
These flying insects live only about 30 days as adults, and their main goal will be mating.

Not sure I blame them.

Not sure there's anything else. At least they're goal oriented.

28 posted on 05/21/2007 1:18:03 AM PDT by OwenKellogg
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To: hole_n_one
After 17 years underground, billions of cicadas emerging

Let's legalize 'em.
29 posted on 05/21/2007 1:23:34 AM PDT by Rastus
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To: claudiustg
"Deep fry the little suckers!"

Be careful. I had a patient come in with severe hives after he ate a bunch of sauteed cicadas back in '04.He cooked them in wine, butter and garlic. He had a shellfish allergy. They had the case on the news. I even submitted it to the medical journals.

30 posted on 05/21/2007 1:24:40 AM PDT by boop (Now Greg, you know I don't like that WORD!)
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To: hole_n_one

If they could import the bugs to California you could have roasted bugs.


31 posted on 05/21/2007 1:34:53 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Self-defense works)
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To: hole_n_one

Do they eat bees?


32 posted on 05/21/2007 1:38:14 AM PDT by Gamecock (FR Member Gamecock: Declared Anathema By The Council Of Trent)
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To: hole_n_one

Man do I hear THAT!!!!


33 posted on 05/21/2007 3:30:40 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: sageb1

Here in Florida we plug our ears because of the love bugs which come twice a year want to trade??


34 posted on 05/21/2007 4:03:36 AM PDT by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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To: SittinYonder

I love the ones that show up every year, their song is pleasant. I hate the ones that show up every 17 years, the sound is monotonous and sounds like a phaser set on overload; they are far more numerous, and when they die, they stink.


35 posted on 05/21/2007 4:07:36 AM PDT by Jason_b
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To: bikerman

Do the Florida Turnpike rest areas still have drive-thru sprayers to wash the bugs off your winsheild?


36 posted on 05/21/2007 4:08:02 AM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0
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To: School of Rational Thought

Cicada Tempura


37 posted on 05/21/2007 4:20:56 AM PDT by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

I wish the politicians would go underground for 17 years and quit tormenting us.


38 posted on 05/21/2007 4:21:08 AM PDT by nygoose
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To: xjcsa

There are certainly annual cicadas, and they do make a racket, but there was no mistaking the 17 year variety, whose 17 year cycle came to fruition on the East coast about three years ago. The noise was a high pitched whine that was deafening.


39 posted on 05/21/2007 4:33:18 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: SittinYonder
Some years it's the 17-year cicada, some years the 13-year cicada

Every 221 yrs . both species emerge together. :^)

A few yrs. ago I had the 'privilege' of being in the Pittsburgh area when the 17 yr. cicadas were emerging.
Wow, what a noise. Trains of them crawling up tree trunks.
A month or so later all the trees get 'pruned' as the egg laying kills the branch from about pencil size out to the tip.

40 posted on 05/21/2007 4:34:28 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Jason_b

The last time we had the 13 year ones, it was horrible. We were on a camping trip when they began to emerge. Nasty critters! We had to go to Nashville and they were hitting the windsheild by the thousands. It was like driving in a hailstorm. Yuk!


41 posted on 05/21/2007 4:35:59 AM PDT by beckysueb
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To: hole_n_one

1974. 1991. Heads up, Ft. Knox. Your turn again next year.


42 posted on 05/21/2007 4:39:35 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: hole_n_one

Sex every seventeen years.

Story of my life :)


43 posted on 05/21/2007 4:40:35 AM PDT by upchuck (Who will support Fred Thompson? Anyone who enjoys a dose of common sense not wrapped in doublespeak.)
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To: boop

Interesting. It would make more sense if he had an allergy to nuts - first, because they spend those 17 years underground sucking on tree roots, and second, because they taste like almonds.


44 posted on 05/21/2007 4:42:59 AM PDT by patton (19yrs ... only 4,981yrs to go ;))
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To: sageb1
I hate Gypsy Moths more.

I'm with you - I hate gypsy moths. In 1980, I lived in Weston, CT where we had an infestation of the things that just defied belief. 60 Minutes did a story on them with their cameras in my front yard. Trees were completely stripped of leaves, the constant patter of caterpillar "pellets" hitting the deck...plus it was like living in a spider web. Nastiest natural phenomenon I've ever seen.

45 posted on 05/21/2007 4:56:31 AM PDT by Ol' Sox
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To: hole_n_one
They also come out in Missouri, it's not just states east of the Mississippi anymore. Apparently they have made the westward ho move.

I remember the last emergence of the 13 AND 17 year broods in Missouri. At least that's what the news told us.
It was deafening. You could be driving down Highway 13, with the windows up, the stereo blaring, and still hear them from the trees on the sides of the highway.

46 posted on 05/21/2007 5:02:51 AM PDT by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: hole_n_one
Strange that there was no mention that when the 17-year cicadas emerge they strip the trees down to bear branches.

Dylan’s Day of the Locusts, written at the time he received an honorary degree in music from Princeton, is titled based upon the 17-year cicadas that had emerged that year (1970).

At that same time, I was a little boy swimming in a wading pool at my grand parents’ house on the outskirts of Princeton and remember asking my grand father what that noise was. I remember him explaining the cicadas to me and pointing out how bare the trees were.

47 posted on 05/21/2007 5:07:26 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: hole_n_one

The 17 year cycle is to avoid predators and the mating cycle of other circadas.

Predators might time their life cycles to match the cicados. 17 years, being a prime number, means that predators can’t match or even partially match the circada’s cycle with a 2 year, 3 year, 4 year, 5 year etc. cycle of their own.

13 years sounds like a better way to go to avoid predators by the same principle. But another circada species already had that 13 year cycle tied up. A 17 year cycle avoids predators and the other circadas which might make it difficult to find food, maybe find your own circada species for mating.

Definitely an extreme version of timing of a mating cycle to avoid the maximum number of predators and maximize resources available and avoid competition with similar species.


48 posted on 05/21/2007 5:11:09 AM PDT by JustDoItAlways
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To: JustDoItAlways

I wonder how bad it is when the 13 year and the 17 year broods come out together, it will be every few hundred years but I imagine THAT would be a racket....


49 posted on 05/21/2007 5:26:11 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly catching hell for posting without reading the article since 2004)
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To: hole_n_one

Maryland’s 17 year hatching happened a few years ago. It was terrible. As soon as the sun came up the noise would wake me up in my apartment. Maddening.


50 posted on 05/21/2007 5:29:59 AM PDT by Vision ("Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him." Jeremiah 17:7)
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