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Sun Mar 24, 2013, 03:48 PM

Cicadas 2013: '17-Year Locusts' To Descend On D.C. This Spring

They're baaaack!

After 17 years, Brood II cicadas will descend on the D.C. area this year between April and June. According to magicicada.org, a project sponsored by the National Geographic Society, Brood II cicadas will begin to emerge when the soil temperature reaches 64 degrees.

The last time Magicicada rose along the Eastern Seaboard was 1996; at the time, the New York Times provided a handy recipe for "Tasty 17-Year Cicadas" ("Use boiled nymphs in much the same way you would use cooked shrimp.").

This year, WNYC's Cicada Tracker is crowdsoucing cicada sightings in the Northeast by asking followers to build homemade temperature sensors and send back observations. . .

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/22/cicadas-2013_n_2933658.html?utm_hp_ref=dc

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Gosh, won't this be pleasant? Paul Ryan, now this. . .

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 03:50 PM

1. That insect reminds me of

any republican. a lot of racket and irritating.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 03:55 PM

2. My cocker spaniel ate hundreds of them back then

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Response to Kingofalldems (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:32 PM

6. My lab jumps on them like they're flying milkbones.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:07 PM

3. Funny thing.

I was just looking at pictures of DC and I thought, "Isn't it about time for those cicadas to make a comeback?" Then you post this.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:16 PM

4. They have such long breeding cycles so that no predator can evolve to eat them in large numbers

Seventeen years is a long time.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:26 PM

5. omg..they were incrediable annoying and noisy

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:43 PM

7. How many cicada life cycles have you witnessed in your life?

This will be my fourth, though I only remember 3.

It was shortly after I moved into my own apartment the summer after I turned 20. That was a memorable time in my life and I still look back on that summer with great fondness.

The 2nd cicada rebirth was when my kids were young. We had just bought the house we live in now and the tree out back had gobs of them. My little girl would run inside crying everytime she caught sight of one, lol.

She's getting married this fall, the end of my fourth cicada cycle.




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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 04:58 PM

8. Gawd, not again. A few years ago this women with a horrified look on her face stopped me on the

streeet to point out one that was stuck to my white pants.

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Response to Glimmer of Hope (Reply #8)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 06:55 PM

12. White pants?!? Don't tell me. . .

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 05:07 PM

9. "Use boiled nymphs in much the same way you would use cooked shrimp"

You know, I'm a pretty adventurous eater. But boiled bugs? No thank you, everyone is welcome to my share.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 07:01 PM

13. Yuck

Everyone knows they're best fried. In lard.




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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 06:10 PM

10. When I was little I was petrified of those things.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 06:12 PM

11. They were in my yard one year when I was little. They left their shells on my trees and they were

very loud. I thought they were cool. What wasn't so cool was the sound they make when your cat crunches into one of them. Yuck.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 08:29 PM

14. The Brown X cicadas were a mess

If this is going to be like what happened in 2004 then it will be gross. They were covering the sidewalks one got in my hair

It's weird.. I've lived different places up and down the East coast but I've only seen these big cicada swarms while in the DC beltway.

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Response to Faygo Kid (Original post)

Sun Mar 24, 2013, 09:06 PM

15. When I was a boy, living in DC, I remember the year of the Locusts, 1954 I believe it was

The dam things were everywhere, my sister and I collected them in milk bottles.

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