Cicada DISTRESS Call

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    May 22, 2013 10:08 PM GMT
    I was taking pictures of hoards of cicadas today in Brentsville, VA when I heard this sound coming from the base of the tree. Apparently it's one of their many noises. Most likely a distress call. Let me tell you, it was loud.

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    May 22, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    OMG, they are crawling all over our farm but they haven't started making noise yet. It's going to be a loud summer.
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    May 22, 2013 10:12 PM GMT
    More photos from today.

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    May 22, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    Two newly hatched. See their shells up top?
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    May 22, 2013 10:16 PM GMT
    Took this one of what I thought was a single cicada. Got home and saw the other one. It appears they're mating.

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    May 22, 2013 10:23 PM GMT
    Cicadas are all around my house here in Alabama. We're really close to the lake so it's pretty peaceful hearing them sometimes. Except when I WANT TO GET TO SLEEP! icon_lol.gif

    Nice pics btw, Vic!
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    May 22, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidCicadas are all around my house here in Alabama. We're really close to the lake so it's pretty peaceful hearing them sometimes. Except when I WANT TO GET TO SLEEP! icon_lol.gif

    Nice pics btw, Vic!


    Thanks! There were so many that I'm sure I stepped on a few. I tiptoed to one tree and tried to take most pictures from one spot. What bothered me the most were the black flies. A few bit my ankles. Nasty things.
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    May 22, 2013 10:46 PM GMT
    I haven't seen any in Troy yet
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    May 22, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    AHHHHH..... What the fuck are those?????? We dont have them up north... LOL.
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    May 22, 2013 10:49 PM GMT
    hairyandym saidAHHHHH..... What the fuck are those?????? We dont have them up north... LOL.


    Don't come to the South. Bugs are so scary here...

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    May 22, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    When I heard them as a kid in New Jersey (I think the early 1960s, but I can't find a record of past outbreaks) what impressed me was how their racket came in waves. There'd be a few moments of silence, then it would start and build, as if they were all answering each other. Then another respite after a few moments, until the call would be taken up again.

    I also remember their molted exoskeletons being all over the trunks of the Japanese cherry trees we had in our front yard. But I don't recall many of them being airborne adults.
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    May 22, 2013 10:52 PM GMT
    I used to do entomology stuff for 4H here in Minnesota. I remember traveling all the way down to Indiana years back just to watch the hatching, it's about as far north as they go.

    I still have some pinned cicadas in my old collections...
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    May 22, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    i'm laughing so hard right now.


    JumpMan_Josh said

    Don't come to the South. Bugs are so scary here...

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    May 22, 2013 10:56 PM GMT
    the 'vampire' eye moth is kinda cool. The worst we have are mosquito's, and June Bugs. Big ones! Like the size of your thumb!!
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    May 22, 2013 11:28 PM GMT
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    May 23, 2013 4:20 AM GMT
    About 8 years ago when I lived in Alexandria, Va there was a huge "brood" as I think they called them of cicadas that hatched and caused cancelled weddings and delayed other outdoor events. They were EVERYWHERE and you couldn't drive with your windows cracked. I had the worst time putting gas in my car at night because they would fly into you and hit you in the head. Dogs were getting sick from eating so many and our door had 30-65 cicadas on it one night. Cars were covered in them. We thought that was the worst of them...until they started the singing phase....
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    May 23, 2013 5:56 AM GMT
    Not all the cicadas looked so "pretty." Some had deformed wings, some had died halfway out of their shells, some were nothing but wings resting on a leaf. Probably attacked. It's gotta suck being born a bug.
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    May 23, 2013 6:01 AM GMT
    Cicadas?...Are they in California?..
  • AMoonHawk

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    May 23, 2013 6:20 AM GMT
    I wish we had them here ... They sound so cool
  • Beeftastic

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    May 23, 2013 7:03 AM GMT
    I kinda miss the sounds from my childhood. We used to catch them and try to make them sing. But rarely succeeded in captivity.
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    May 23, 2013 7:06 AM GMT
    mmmmmm Delicious icon_smile.gif



    http://www.inquisitr.com/659900/cicada-snack-shrimp-of-the-land-cooking-tips-for-all-your-cicada-nibblin-needs-video/
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    May 23, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    They look like giant fleas with wings. Pretty nasty but as long as it's not a spider or a snake, I can deal. Thankfully I don't have to though!!
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    May 23, 2013 3:32 PM GMT
    I can't imagine a Southern summer evening without the sound of the cicadas.

    What's bothersome is the termites are starting to swarm. Walk under a street lamp here in the Quarter and they get in your hair and ears. UGH! If you are a homeowner, especially of a wooden structure, you're constantly on guard and looking for infestations. They can cause major structural damage to your home and they don't have any redeeming qualities like the evening song of the cicadas.
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    May 23, 2013 3:35 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said
    hairyandym saidAHHHHH..... What the fuck are those?????? We dont have them up north... LOL.


    Don't come to the South. Bugs are so scary here...


    You're not lying.

    I live in Florida where the bugs are like something from the island of Dr. Moreau.

    The roaches here are HUGE!
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    May 23, 2013 3:37 PM GMT
    holy fucking horrifying. I am from a city - never dealt with nature unless for like Jewish summer camp which as you might imagine is as adventurous as putting red pepper flakes on cheese pizza. I live in the south of Spain now and we get these African winds that bring with them monster mosquitoes and flies. I thought those were bad. I would be curled up in a ball crying if I saw a swarm of cicadas.