mac5155 wrote:is that a secada or locust or whatever you call them? the things that dive bomb you?
my neighbor had a huge tree tht must have been filled with them. I was all smiles when it fell last week during the bad storm.
nah, they have big disgusting bodies with smaller wings. they dive bomb because their horrible, demonic eyes can't see anything. i've seen a few of their shells in my back yard...thinking of paying someone else to mow my lawn for the rest of the year...
my pap always said they came around once every 17 years or something.. but they do seem to be bad this year as opposed to last. i remember one summer being terrified to go outside because of them, and they were bad in bedford Co. one year driving to NJ we could barely see out the windshield from them hitting the car.
While the familiar green-and-black Dog-Day Cicadas are present every July and August in small numbers, the Periodical Cicadas appear, simultaneously, only once in seventeen years in any given area. Periodical cicadas do not emerge everywhere at the same time. Twelve broods of 17-year cicadas appear in different areas of the northeastern U.S. in different years, emerging from late May through June. Their bright red eyes and reddish markings distinguish the Periodical Cicadas from the Dog-Day Cicadas which emerge later in the summer (July through August) and have green markings. Each brood actually consists of up to three separate species which all emerge together. Each looks slightly different and the males of each species court their ladies with a different serenade. If a human takes the time to listen and try to sort out what seems to be cacophony, he or she can easily distinguish these three songs. http://biology.clc.uc.edu/steincarter/cicadas.htm
mac5155 wrote:my pap always said they came around once every 17 years or something.. but they do seem to be bad this year as opposed to last. i remember one summer being terrified to go outside because of them, and they were bad in bedford Co. one year driving to NJ we could barely see out the windshield from them hitting the car.
they come out in huge masses every 17 years, but a few of them trickle out every summer. the bug you see flying around like an ahole is actually several years old. they live underground for almost their whole lives, until they crawl out of the ground and bust out of their shells...and get eaten by birds
there are several different broods, each with a different larval period. anywhere from 3-17 years so most years you will see some of them. its really bad when the big broods fall on the same year
it's weird...with bugs i'm either not bothered at all or completely horrified. like house centipedes, praying mantises, cicadas and big cockroaches make me insane, but beetles, spiders (up to a certain size), stink bugs, earwigs, bees, etc. don't freak me out at all.