Next generation of Brood II cicadas!

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    Mar 22, 2013 2:38 AM GMT
    Attention Mid Atlantic folks:

    They're coming!

    I miss these little critters. Aside from their noise, they were fun to play with because they wouldn't budge no matter how much I poked them, lol.

    Bring on the next generation!

    http://www.businessinsider.com/17-year-brood-2-cicadas-2013-3


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  • Rhi_Bran

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    Mar 22, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    I love these little guys. They hatched in Indiana / southern Midwest several years back... I remember having a field day down there on a family vacation because I did entomology stuff for 4H when I was younger (I still catch and pin occasionally). All my friends in the department were jealous, since these don't make it up to Minnesota.

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    Mar 22, 2013 3:15 AM GMT
    Gosh, I can easily recall the noise from the '96 generation. My old neighborhood was right next to the woods, so the cicadas were all you could hear for a while! They drowned out all traffic and noisy kids in the neighborhood.

    It's crazy to think these little guys pretty much spend their entire life as juveniles. They live 16.75 years underneath the ground sucking tree juice, then emerge from the ground to become adults, reproduce, and quickly die in the remaining quarter of their life.
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    Mar 22, 2013 6:52 AM GMT
    I remember a generation in the mid to late 80s in D.C. I hopped on the subway one day--standing room only--and noticed two women smiling and staring at my crotch and making snide-looking comments to each other. I thought OMG, did the horse get out of the barn??? I was actually afraid to look but when I did, I had one of those suckers crawling on the fly of my trowsers!
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    Yummy!
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    Mar 22, 2013 7:15 AM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidYummy!


    Little old ladies collected them and froze up a big supply so that they could keep feeding them to their cats after the generation ended--the story was carried in the Washington Post.

    Bugs, cats, old ladies, cats eating bugs--what's not to like???
  • Jonny21

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    Mar 22, 2013 7:38 AM GMT
    I remember them coming in 2004, but I thought they only come every 17 years?
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    Mar 22, 2013 8:01 AM GMT
    I really dislike the noise those things make. Creepy. icon_neutral.gif
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    Mar 22, 2013 1:05 PM GMT
    I guess I'll have to get used to the fact that the ground will have a bunch of holes for a while.
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    Mar 22, 2013 1:39 PM GMT

    OMG! icon_eek.gif look they have grown bigger with reddish eyes and legs.

    But I know every CNY (Chinese new year) I get them visiting me.

    and I hate touching them they are so noisy and scary!

    *runs away.