Cicadas. Every 17 years these little things crawl out of the dirt, hump each other, get eaten by animals and/or die. Their short existence during the summer feeds the food chain and fertilizes the ground. Every 17 years then, there is a sort of "renaissance" in nature because of these little things.
Great, ok. So there is 1-1.5 million per acre. Now, my question becomes this: Over the past 17 years i've dug a lot of holes...why the hell haven't i seen any evidence of these things?
First, because they burrow down up to 8.5 feet to feed on roots. And if they are feeding on roots, they are probably under a tree or shrub, not somewhere you are likely to be digging. Secondly, they will be nymphs and look like a grub worm in many of the larval instars. Only the final larval stage will begin to resemble the adult cicada.
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Originally Posted by colorider
Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.