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Old 05-09-2013, 05:32 PM
 
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Billions of cicadas have been resting underground for seventeen years and are set to emerge along the east coast. The cicadas of Brood II, as they are called, should swarm from New England to North Georgia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/sc...-17-years.html

I'm not sure if the Atlanta area is in the range of cicadas about to emerge, but I thought I'd ask if any of you guys had seen or heard the cicada swarm around here. I'm in Athens and saw a bunch of burrowed out holes through pinestraw and some cicada shells near my house.

So post here with any cicada sightings!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:11 PM
 
Location: S.E. US
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I just recently heard of this, and thought it was just a southern phenomenon. The radio report said they come out every 14 years in NC. Sounds quite eerie, especially for those people who just can't stand bugs - any kind of bugs.

Didn't even know what one of these cicadas looks like until I clicked on the link. Thanks for that.

Now, if anyone has been through this here or elsewhere, what's it like? Are they all over the ground, so you can't even walk without crunching sounds? How long does this crazy season last?
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:30 PM
 
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I have seen a few shells around, but just here and there.

blue = 17 year cicadas; red = 13 year cicadas

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Inman Park
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All = gross.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:39 PM
 
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Cidadas don't worry me....it's the cicada killers that make me turn and run. They look like giant/mutant yellow jackets!
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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Don't worry, you should be able to hear them soon. They make a lot of noise.
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Old 05-09-2013, 06:47 PM
 
Location: City of Atlanta
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I saw that they have already begun emerging and making their loud noises in NY and NJ. If that's the case, then I don't think we will be seeing them in the Atlanta area. They come out when the ground reaches a certain temperature, and that would have happened earlier here than up there. That said, in late March/early April I started hearing cicadas in long grass, but I no longer hear them. I'm wondering if that was a little bit of that brood here. Since they only live a couple of weeks, it could have been.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs, GA
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I lived through a heavy (and I mean heavy) Cicada infestation in northern VA around '87 or so. Trust me, you will know if they emerge. Besides hearing them... you won't be able to walk through any sort of grass or trees without seeing them all over the place.

I'm not a fan of bugs, but there were so many around for so long on so many objects that I just got used to picking them up by their wings and tossing them aside.
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Old 05-10-2013, 02:58 PM
 
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I lived through a heavy (and I mean heavy) Cicada infestation in northern VA around '87 or so. Trust me, you will know if they emerge. Besides hearing them... you won't be able to walk through any sort of grass or trees without seeing them all over the place.

I'm not a fan of bugs, but there were so many around for so long on so many objects that I just got used to picking them up by their wings and tossing them aside.
I was visiting Baltimore that year...I remember it very well. I was outside somewhere where there were a lot of trees and we couldn't even hear each other talking. It was nightmarish.
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Old 05-10-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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Being a NJ native, I know them well. I had a friend who used to stick them on her ears as earrings, just to freak me out (it did!)

We haven't been in GA 17 years, but I was under the impression this isn't a cicada hotspot. The bulk of them are north of us.
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