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Old 04-28-21, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Like many things, I wonder if the local new here blows the cicada thing out of proportion to entertain the viewers. According to the news clips I saw on TV, the people on the east coast will be eaten alive.
The national media is based in New York, so yeah, it gets major coverage.
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Old 04-28-21, 01:19 PM
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I remember the 1987 Brood X on the East Coast. Cars get pretty messed up, but I don't remember a problem with cycling.
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Old 04-28-21, 01:28 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Look on the bright side. They are free food, especially for you protein freaks. Lot's of recipes on line. E.g.:

Ready to eat your way through the coming cicada explosion? How-to and recipes - pennlive.com

The Pasta a la Cicada sounds interesting.


My wife swallowed a bug while running a week ago. 3 or 4 days later she coughed up a bug encased in hard mucous.

If it was a cicada, she might have needed the Heimlich maneuver.
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Old 04-28-21, 01:32 PM
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Fascinating. We definitely get cicadas in Australia, but they don't do the 14- or 17-year thing. They do seem to be more common some summers than others.

Gonna go out on a limb here and say Australian cicadas seem to be better looking than American ones, judging from the pictures. Australian kids used to collect them and trade them like football cards. Yellow Mondays, Greengrocers, Black Fridays are some of the names I remember. This was before kids became phone zombies.
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Old 04-28-21, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by BadGrandma View Post
I love cicadas. The whirring noise sounds like the mother ship is hovering beyond the next hill.
That was my impression exactly. It sounded just like the old 1950s sci-fy movies about flying saucers. It is an ongoing wavering hum that as the various tones and volumes increase, decrease and combine gives a quavering sound.

Our first dog chased and ate them like mad the first day they were out. As expected he threw up and never ate one after, but he did chase them.

If you are a photographer, these are perfect subjects to perfect your macro- and micro-photography. They hold still enough to get good sharp shots and real close-ups.
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Old 04-28-21, 02:49 PM
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I was getting hit with a lot of gnats a couple weeks ago and remembered that I had purchased a head bug net at WalMart last fall for a couple bucks. I dug it out and it popped over my head and came down and loosely fit over my neck just perfect. I put my helmet back on and rode. It was nice to ride through clouds of bugs and be able to breath and not get them in my eyes. I could see just fine with my glasses on under the net. I would recommend it for anyone whom hates bugs. Its really small and light. It goes with me now.
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Old 04-28-21, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
Interestingly, they usually quiet down when it is cloudy. On a dark overcast day, the cicadas are just a fraction of their usual noisiness. But the strangest is on a partly-cloudy day, when the sun moves in and out of the clouds. The cicadas quiet down when the sun goes behind a cloud, and start making their sound again when the sun comes back out.a
Heh. Totally forgot about that. As kids we used to predict a hot, sunny day by the amount of cicada noise. Thanks for jogging my memory.
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Old 04-28-21, 03:00 PM
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We are bracing for another spotted lantern fly crop again this year in Philly. What pests. I can walk a block from my office building to a c-store and literally stomp dozens without going much out of my way. Last year I would leave the office and often find them on my bike. At my local, which has outdoor seating, they would often land on patrons. But kitty thinks they are fun to swat around.
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Old 04-28-21, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
We are bracing for another spotted lantern fly crop again this year in Philly. What pests. I can walk a block from my office building to a c-store and literally stomp dozens without going much out of my way. Last year I would leave the office and often find them on my bike. At my local, which has outdoor seating, they would often land on patrons. But kitty thinks they are fun to swat around.
I was up in Lehigh County last year and they were really bad. They were everywhere.
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Old 04-28-21, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Like many things, I wonder if the local new here blows the cicada thing out of proportion to entertain the viewers. According to the news clips I saw on TV, the people on the east coast will be eaten alive.

I guess I am much safer here on the west coast escaping from fires and jumping over cracks in the streets from the earthquakes.
But we also don't have Fire Flies - darn it. I miss fire flies.
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Old 04-28-21, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by BadGrandma View Post
I love cicadas. The whirring noise sounds like the mother ship is hovering beyond the next hill.
I doubt many people do it these days but you certainly canít sleep with your windows open.
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Old 04-28-21, 04:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Bill in VA View Post
I was up in Lehigh County last year and they were really bad. They were everywhere.
Yep. Unfortunately, birds donít seem to eat them. During the height of the season building workers are either sweeping up the dead ones or vacuuming them with what is essentially a reverse leaf blower all day. We got an email encouraging us to stomp them.
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Old 04-28-21, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bikehoco View Post
I doubt many people do it these days but you certainly canít sleep with your windows open.
There is a small community garden across the street from my house with a large tree. This will be the first time I have lived there since Brood X has emerged. Wondering what it will be like. This time of year, the birds are loud enough. I often shut my windows because they start making a racket around 5 am.

#WeNeedMoreHawksInTheCity
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Old 04-28-21, 06:42 PM
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Old 04-28-21, 06:48 PM
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what beer pairs well with cicadas?
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
Like many things, I wonder if the local new here blows the cicada thing out of proportion to entertain the viewers. According to the news clips I saw on TV, the people on the east coast will be eaten alive.

I guess I am much safer here on the west coast escaping from fires and jumping over cracks in the streets from the earthquakes.
It all comes down to the number of clicks for the media. How many times in recent years have you seen a headline and had to re-read the article to even find the nexus to the headline.

Cicadas are not a hazard, and are actually fun. People say they kill trees, but that is usually old already endangered trees. We saw lots of damaged little branches at the last hatch, but there was no evidence of any damage or bare dead branches the next year.

Just media drama and hyperventilating, rather than teaching about the science and facts of the cicada lifestyle, which means actually doing research or fact checking, they print BS.
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what beer pairs well with cicadas?
The same beer that pairs well with everything..., Lagunitas Little Sumptin' Sumptin' Extra IPA
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I'd choose the cicadas any day over the stinkbugs we were getting a few years ago or the biting ladybugs we got a few years before that.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
I'd choose the cicadas any day over the stinkbugs we were getting a few years ago or the biting ladybugs we got a few years before that.
Or lovebugs. Those things make a mess since they seem to enjoy splattering on moving cars for several weeks of the year here.
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Ewww. Glad we don't have them up here in the NE.
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I'd choose the cicadas any day over the stinkbugs we were getting a few years ago
We had am explosion of them several years ago in Philly. I would eat lunch in this park near the office and find them crawling on me. Swat them away and they would come crawling right back. Seem to have abated the last few years.
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Or lovebugs. Those things make a mess since they seem to enjoy splattering on moving cars for several weeks of the year here.

Horrible acid filled little creatures. ruin your car paint if you don't wash your car off. Luckily, they are not super heavy where I live, but my sister lives in ground zero for the Florida population, right across central part of the state. I hate going to her house when they are in bloom.
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We get lots of cicadas every summer here in Shanghai (when the buzz of cicadas begins, that's when you know summer has truly arrived) and I've never run into one ever while cycling. They pretty much stick to the trees around here.
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We get lots of cicadas every summer here in Shanghai (when the buzz of cicadas begins, that's when you know summer has truly arrived) and I've never run into one ever while cycling. They pretty much stick to the trees around here.
Americans like to freak out over bugs, it's weird! The Cicadas do the same thing here as they do where you live, the stick to the trees, sometimes you see their corpses on the pavement, but those are mostly the shells left over after birds sucked their bodies out, but other than that it's extremely rare if you run into one here in the US too while cycling so rare I yet to run into one.
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