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Old 08-10-2009, 06:44 PM
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Default Cicada emerging

This may not be a big deal to most, but I had to get pics of this cause I think its awesome.
This is a cicada emerging to adult stage from a nymph stage after 17 years under ground. To think through all the flooding rains and winters she/he made it to fly is really cool. Cicadas are the insects you hear making loud noises in mid to late summer.

She/he will only live about a month now calling for a mate and then starting the process all over. They suck juice from roots but do not kill the tree. If a tree is small (like a little baby tree) they can do damage to the roots if they are in great numbers.

Emerging "brood" events happen in cycles depending on location and species. Some years do not have many other years will have a ton. It is predicted 2024 will be a huge emerging period for the midwest states.







There are about 100 species of Cicada in the US, below are two species, the big one is the giant cicada that is in the pic emerging.
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Old 08-11-2009, 07:46 PM
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i used to have those when i lived on long island...i loved playing with their shells in the late summer. ahhh...those were the days
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Old 08-11-2009, 08:16 PM
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ah Long Island, I was there in 2007 and I loved it, Great Neck was the area. I was with a friend as she reminisced about her school days of 1977. Also saw one of the biggest raccoons ever.

I did not like the city though, I felt like a fish out of water.
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17 years???? Holy moly! I had no idea! I do find the empty thingies on my house wall a lot and sometimes I see one buzzing by. Now I have a complete different respect for them!
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