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Old 08-10-2017, 09:29 PM
Status: "Celebrating 55 plus..." (set 22 days ago)
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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I have noticed some dying branch tips on my Sugarberry trees (Hackberry), but I can't tell if it's from the cicadas or not.
Good info here...
Will the cicadas kill my trees, shrubs or flowers? - Cicada Mania
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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I have noticed some dying branch tips on my Sugarberry trees (Hackberry), but I can't tell if it's from the cicadas or not.
OT: I've never heard them called a Sugarberry tree, looked them up and blow me down, my Hackberries are Sugarberries. Doesn't make me like them any better.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:29 PM
 
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They drink sap from the trees.
How exactly do they do that without having a mouth? They don't eat anything as a adult. They just mate. The nymphs eat underground
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:31 PM
 
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OT: I've never heard them called a Sugarberry tree, looked them up and blow me down, my Hackberries are Sugarberries. Doesn't make me like them any better.
It is, after mating eggs are laid. The damage is minimal, it is not long term , trees will recover to await the next cicada brood.
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Old 08-11-2017, 06:36 PM
 
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Not a very good article, ok but incorrect. Cicadas are not parasites. A parasite certainly couldnt care if the host lives or dies.

So technically humans could be called parasites of earth because like the cicada needing the tree for its continued existence we need the earth.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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How exactly do they do that without having a mouth? They don't eat anything as a adult. They just mate. The nymphs eat underground
Make sure you know what you're talking about before you call someone a liar.

Cicada mouthparts and feeding (with additional references)

"Cicadas (Hemiptera, Cicadidae) are a diverse family of sap-sucking hemipterans...Nymphs feed on xylem of plant roots underground, while adults feed exclusively on xylem fluid from the branches of their host plants..."

How to Survive Cicada Season

"...Cicadas drink the xylem fluid of trees as nourishment..."

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Old 08-16-2017, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Top of the South (Motueka), NZ
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I've been digging new terraces for tamarillos (tree tomatoes), and have been digging up plenty of cicadas - feeling a bit guilty, but there are so many during summer, it won't make any difference.

Cicada season is long and loud here, at about 2-3 months, and they are loud enough to be heard inside. They go 24 hours on the hottest days of summer. Cicada shells stick to the trees by the thousand, and even now there is still the odd one or two around.
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Old 08-16-2017, 10:50 PM
 
Location: SW Fl (hell for me-wife loves it)
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When I was a child, I saw the life cycle of 3 of the seven species here. It was amazing to say the least. I grew up on my family's farm, trees abounded (my family farm consisted of timber, nuts and fruits)...and every so many years, so did an uprising of the cicada.

They would loudly scream throughout the summer into late fall. The first frost seemed to kill them off, or at least the adults who could fly. Already laying their seed, the mothers and fathers would succumb to the weather. But leave behind those that would arrive in a cyclical year (of their species).

One summer in my late youth, I had caught a baby robin, too young to fly and needed help to grow his flight wings. (he had pin feathers). It happened to be the same year as one of the cicada. I spent the summer feeding my baby robin and watching him grow, all on the cicada I would catch and bring the baby bird.

Some may hate them, but in my childhood, it was a wonderment. It gave rise to some of the same things that have carried throughout my life, and my amazement of it.
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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There are tons of cicadas. They are loud, but somehow kind of cute. We also had a lot of fireflies this summer. I wish I could have gotten a decent photograph. It was really magical.
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Old 08-23-2017, 12:51 PM
 
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When I was a child, I saw the life cycle of 3 of the seven species here. It was amazing to say the least. I grew up on my family's farm, trees abounded (my family farm consisted of timber, nuts and fruits)...and every so many years, so did an uprising of the cicada.

They would loudly scream throughout the summer into late fall. The first frost seemed to kill them off, or at least the adults who could fly. Already laying their seed, the mothers and fathers would succumb to the weather. But leave behind those that would arrive in a cyclical year (of their species).

One summer in my late youth, I had caught a baby robin, too young to fly and needed help to grow his flight wings. (he had pin feathers). It happened to be the same year as one of the cicada. I spent the summer feeding my baby robin and watching him grow, all on the cicada I would catch and bring the baby bird.

Some may hate them, but in my childhood, it was a wonderment. It gave rise to some of the same things that have carried throughout my life, and my amazement of it.
I like them too.

the thought of the 17 year ones being underground all that time, oblivious to wars, politics, crime..
sounds kind of nice.
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