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Cicadas Coming to U.S. East Coast This Spring

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#16    keithisco

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:52 PM

Cicadas are REALLY noisy where I live (Spanish Mediterranean Coast) during the season - hopefully we dont have any "17 year cycle" cicadas!! :unsure2:


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 02:56 PM

I hate their shells. I have found them all over my trees in the backyard . You see the holes where they have burrowed up from too .
It's going to be loud ,but its not like we haven't had this occur before . Some people have nothing better to write about .

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

This confuses me. It makes it sound like they've been living underground for 17 years. Have they? I didn't know insects lived that long.

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

View PostRockabyeBillie, on 11 April 2013 - 03:54 PM, said:

This confuses me. It makes it sound like they've been living underground for 17 years. Have they? I didn't know insects lived that long.

Time for some factoids then?

A cicada has three very different looks for the different stages of its life. First it starts off as an egg about the size of a grain of rice. When it hatches it is a creamy white nymph (nimf) with 4 little legs and two big pincer-like ones at the front, a bit like crabs claws. When it becomes an adult cicada it looses the pincer-like legs at the front and instead has 6 little legs and four wings which are totally see through except for the veins running through them. An adult cicada’s colour depends on the type of cicada it is – they’re usually green or black or brown.

Cicada eggs are laid in the bark of trees by the female cicada.

When the nymph hatches out of the egg it drops out of the tree and onto the ground. It uses its big front claws to tunnel into the ground where it stays for up to 17 years for some species of cicada!

Underground the cicada eats the sap from tree roots using its rostrum which is like two straws in one. It spits saliva down one straw onto the tree root to break it down and then uses the other straw to suck up the root juices. Charming!

Adult cicadas don't seem to eat much.

The noise that an adult cicada makes is made by the male and is his way of attracting a girlfriend.

It's pretty tricky to tell the difference between male and female cicadas but the female has a sharper, pointy "bottom" than the males because she has an ovipositor for laying eggs with.

http://www.suzy.co.n...p?factsheet=229

But I agree, 17 years is a long time for a bug

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 06:10 PM

View PostSimbi Laveau, on 11 April 2013 - 02:56 PM, said:

Some people have nothing better to write about .

And some people don't have cicadas in their country so never get to hear them, or hear anything about them - except from articles as per the OP... so far as I know we certainly dont have them in the UK...

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:07 PM

let them find their own mate people.humans are so sensitive to everything these days.they get annoyed and etc.the point i am trying to make is they need to mate and well maybe the noise is a way or method for them to call the females.i personally don't find it disturbing just cover your ears simple as that.but sleeping for 17 years wow that's a lot these little critters are going to be so energetic and hungry lol


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 08:49 PM

The birds shall be very pleased this summer.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:00 PM

View PostIamLegend, on 11 April 2013 - 08:49 PM, said:

The birds shall be very pleased this summer.

if you were UK/English thats a great innuendo!

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:13 PM

View Postseeder, on 11 April 2013 - 12:21 PM, said:



heheh yeh :tu:   Waiting for it for 17 years eh? id have been doing whatever I needed to keep strong and fit in that time period, so when I emerged...hehe.. Id be strong enough to be like the Duracell battery...(which keeps on going)!  Not to mention fighting off the competition....I mean, you wouldn't want to wait all that time and then get an UGLY Cicada mate would you?  :w00t:



Oh, come on now, looks aren't everything.  I mean, if you've waited 17 years I'm sure you wouldn't be too picky about who you share your DNA with...lol

Anyway, how can you tell a cute cicada from an ugly one?  Lol

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:16 PM

I love listening to them every summer. I don't remember them being a particularly large problem 17 years ago. I saw more last years than I'd seen in a while. I guess those woke up early.

Edited by Michelle, 11 April 2013 - 09:26 PM.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:23 PM

View PostLava_Lady, on 11 April 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

Oh, come on now, looks aren't everything.  I mean, if you've waited 17 years I'm sure you wouldn't be too picky about who you share your DNA with...lol

Anyway, how can you tell a cute cicada from an ugly one?  Lol

if Id waited 17 years Id worry about the angle of my dangle! Use it or lose it is what they say isnt it?

Yeh but I guess any port in a storm will do...

Actually I happen to be very handsome, no kidding...(so my mum says anyway) and I AM a bit fussy. But red knickers and black stockings usually convinces me :w00t:  Maybe Cicadas have a similar color strategy???



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Edited by seeder, 11 April 2013 - 09:27 PM.

It wasn’t the miners who got rich; it was the people selling picks and shovels. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored
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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:28 PM

They are extremely loud and dogs eat them like candy. A terrifying looking bug but they really are harmless, well, mostly, they could make you deaf!!


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:31 PM

The people that make jewelry out of them are going to be in hog heaven. :yes:


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:39 PM

View PostLeah G., on 11 April 2013 - 09:28 PM, said:

They are extremely loud and dogs eat them like candy. A terrifying looking bug but they really are harmless, well, mostly, they could make you deaf!!

But do you experience a plague amount of them as the OP suggests? Im curious, we dont have them here, thankfully!

View PostMichelle, on 11 April 2013 - 09:31 PM, said:

The people that make jewelry out of them are going to be in hog heaven. :yes:

Really? Sounds cool? Which bit do they use, the 'body armor'? And what do they make?

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 09:53 PM

View Postseeder, on 11 April 2013 - 09:39 PM, said:

Really? Sounds cool? Which bit do they use, the 'body armor'? And what do they make?

Mostly they make earrings out of the iridescent wings .Google it...different people do different things with them. It's not my taste, but they aren't bad at all and at least they don't kill them. They find their poor little dead bodies all over the place.

Edited by Michelle, 11 April 2013 - 09:57 PM.





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