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Old 05-24-2020, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Periodical cicadas are expected to come out in early summer across southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina, and in West Virginia.

The last time the cicadas emerged in many of those regions was in 2003 and in 2004, though some areas saw an emergence in 2013.

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Old 05-25-2020, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Ugh, glad I don't live in those areas. Although cicadas seem to mind their own business for the most part, I don't like how large and creepy they look. Their buzzing sound is okay, if just a few cicadas, but with tons of them, it ends up making quite a racket.
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Central IL
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I hate cicadas and their incessant buzzing. And I have this irrational fear of going outside and having one fly into my mouth! Maybe similar to "Silence of the Lambs"? Anyway, seeing their carcasses is creepy too.
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Their carcasses make the best fertilizer!

And while they're harmless, I was horrified to find half dozen dead cicadas in the basement sink during one emergence when I lived in Cincinnati. Ew, but I guess better dead than alive.
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Old 05-25-2020, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I hate cicadas and their incessant buzzing. And I have this irrational fear of going outside and having one fly into my mouth! Maybe similar to "Silence of the Lambs"? Anyway, seeing their carcasses is creepy too.
I hate working in the garden and having them just fly in my face - it's like they're just flying blind or stupidly. Also, if they touch your shirt or top then they cling onto you - ick! I know they're totally harmless, but they skeeve me out nonetheless, which is entirely my issue. I remember going to see my Mom when the cicadas were really bad up in Baltimore. There were stretches when you could drive on the highway where buildings would partially block the sound, and then you'd hit an open bit of land and the roar of the buzzing would resume. It was awesome, in a weird way.
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Old 05-25-2020, 03:58 PM
 
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Emerging cicadas are the favorite food of copperhead snakes. Watch your step if you have these snakes in your area.
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Old 05-28-2020, 02:30 PM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I noticed that the last outbreak in '03 coincided with a noticeable increase in butterfly populations. Coincidence or did the cicadas provide an alternate food for birds & such instead of the caterpillars/butterflies?


The 17-yr cycle is an extreme example of the math of populations that undulate periodically without obvious concrete "causes."
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Old 05-28-2020, 03:06 PM
 
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When I was a little kid and saw a cicada for the first time, I thought it looked like a flying cigar butt.
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