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Old 05-16-2012, 03:02 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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I think I saw a cicada recently, but I am not sure, and anyway, isn't it too soon?

I became curious and did a little research on the Internet, and it seems that there are different emerging cycles and types (broods) of cicadas. One source said that 2012 was an emerging year for them in parts of West Virginia and Virginia.

I thought the Northern Virginia area experienced the 17-year cycle type of cicada. If it's time for them, then it is time for them, but isn't 2012 too soon for them in our area? Thanks.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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We are too far east for Brood I, the 17-year brood emerging this year. The DC area will get Brood II (also 17-year) next year. Brood X was the big one back in 2004.

You likely saw one of the species of annual cicadas, instead of a periodical cicada (although it is possible to see stragglers from a brood emerge early).
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:03 AM
 
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I have seen annual ones each year here. Sort of scary when you first see them, you are expected the masses to start showing up
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Fairfax, VA
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I have pics of my then 4 and 2 year old daughters holding cicadas they found and picked up themselves in the front yard in June 2004 when they invaded the neighborhood. I show those pics to them now and they get all squeamish.... Go figure...

I have not seen them in those quantities since.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Reston, VA
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Thanks for the input, folks. Okay, next year.

From what I remember, the cicadas weren't too, too bad here in Reston and around the Fairfax Hospital area in 2004, but when I lived in Springfield, VA, in the 80s, mercy, they were everywhere!
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Ashburn, VA
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In 2021 I am leaving Virginia when they start buzzing around. 2004 was awful, not something I want to experience again!
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Brambleton, VA
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You might also find this interesting: Cicadas of the Mid-Atlantic
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Old 05-17-2012, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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Personally I like cicadas. They're cheerful reminders of how to live a happy life. They sleep all they want, and they awake when it feels right, not because an alarm clock rang. And what do they do all day? They sing, they dance, they look for love. They never get into traffic jams or street gangs. They never say mean things. After they find love, they say adieu with a big smile on their face.

Not a bad way to live, if you ask me.
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Old 05-19-2012, 08:09 AM
 
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Like someone else said, I'll be tking an extended vacation in 2021...

In 2004, I was driving back and forth in and out of and all over the DC area because I was job hunting and looking to relocate here. I remember the cicadas just pinging off my windshield while driving down the highway, seeing them ON the Metro trains, seeing them gather in piles on sidewaks under streetlights when it was dark out...

Ugh. I personally hate anything with more than 4 legs. Don't get me wrong, I know lots of bugs are very important to the ecosystem and blah blah blah, but that doesn't make me like them enough to mot mind when they are crawling on or near me
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:33 PM
 
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Thanks for the input, folks. Okay, next year.

From what I remember, the cicadas weren't too, too bad here in Reston and around the Fairfax Hospital area in 2004, but when I lived in Springfield, VA, in the 80s, mercy, they were everywhere!
With all the construction in Reston, we probably won't see too many - most of them will be buried under concrete or pavement
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