Periodical Cicadas..

... I was talking to a friend at work about THIS article from CNN... it seems that this year is special... every 17 years, the Periodical Cicada (Magicicada septendecium) emerges from the soil of much of the United States.... mates for a few weeks... then dies... of course, these are not to be confused with 13 year Cicadas... they are only active in the Southeastern US... or, the "Dog Day's Cicada" with emerges yearly.... anyay, I took it upon myself to find some more information on these darling little bugs...

...after surfing the net for literally MINUTES looking for Cicada information, here is what I've come up with.... here are some handy tips to help y'all cope better with your friendly Periodical Cicada neighbors... after all, they are only around occasionally, so, it's best to enjoy them... instead of trying to run them off... or getting mad about all the noise they make... so, here are some random tips... in no particular order...

1. Cicadas are often called locusts, but they aren't.... (locusts are part of the grasshopper family) ...Periodical Cicadas are insects of the order Homoptera, which also includes aphids, leafhoppers... so, when they arrive, don't call them locusts...

2. Male Cicadas make a deafening buzzing noise to attract the females... so, planning an outdoor activity is uaually not a good idea when they are all worked up in a sexual frenzy.. it has been said that females sometimes dive-bomb cars, mistaking the sound of a revving engine for their paramours.... so, if you really get pissed at your Cicadas, go out and start your car... and test this theory... let me know if it works...

3. Cicadas are mostly harmless - they don't sting, bite or eat plants.... but, they make one helluva noise...

...and, with all that said... enjoy your Periodical Cicada invasion this year... it's nature in action... I will leave you with the words of Professor Mike Raupp...

"This will be a big, crazy horde of loud insects," said Mike Raupp, a professor of entomology at the University of Maryland , College Park . "It will be an extravaganza."

....and...

"There's nothing that rivals this in North America for scale or grandeur," he said. "You only get a few of these in your life."

Even casual observers will be able to see the stages of development and hear the various mating songs.

"Try not to panic. Try to sit back and relax. Enjoy it," Mr. Raupp said. "It's a unique opportunity to see nature in its glory."

...so, there you have it... don't panic... just sit back, and enjoy your bug extravaganza...

...there... the last thing off my Friday 5 is done... I blogged about Cicadas... heh...

by Eric on March 14, 2004 | Comments(2) | SWG Stories

Comments so far:

Whats the range, eric? Can we expect to have them here in Iowa?

posted by: Goose on March 14, 2004 08:43 PM

Hmm this whole "extravaganza" thing sounds a lot like a bug orgy to myself. Basically you Americans are being told to sit back and watch live bug porn. *shudders* Weird Americans ;)

posted by: Jaded Angel on March 15, 2004 05:17 AM