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Saturday, June 4, 2016

A cicada over the line

My garden would look quite nice this year, but for dead cicadas hanging from every leaf.
They eat nothing in this life cycle, but their sharp claws catch on clothes, in hair, and gouge holes in leaves.


Some good news is one yucca intends to bloom this year.


Back to cicadas. 
They emerge from the ground and begin calling for mates.
Laura describes it as the sound of raining needles.
I would add very sharp needles, driven by a hard wind against metal siding.


They climb trees, mating as they go and laying eggs in the bark.
The eggs feed on tree sap, grow for a couple of years, fall to the ground and burrow in.
They spend the next fifteen years feeding on tree roots, until they pop out, all at once.
The noise is deafening. People going into cicada neighborhoods from non cicada neighborhoods look around and shout What Is That Noise?


They know no boundaries.


31 comments:

  1. I love the sound of cicadas, dont they appear in every hollywood based movie set in the desert?

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  2. We used to hear them every year. It is quite a while now...
    And yes, they are deafening. Shrill and piercing with it.

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  3. Not just deafening but biting. I remember them in 1984, visiting my parents in Illinois in June. Green carpet on the grass and branches.

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  4. I am finally hearing them but still haven't seen them!

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  5. I don't even feel guilty when I slap one silly that's landed on my bare leg... or the several that are bowing over my one tomato plant. I quit wearing my hearing aids... why amplify a sound you'd rather not hear anyway? But truth is, they aren't driving me crazy like they did in 1965... don't know why that year was nearly the breaking point.

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  6. The sound of summer here but I think ours are a bit different from yours.
    Ours are here every summer yours only come out every ten years or so and you have a lot more or that's what they told us on a nature show I was watching.
    Merle..........

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  7. I haven't heard a cicada since we left Sydney in 1985 and I'm happy to stay that way.
    I can't imagine the noise level of your cicadas. Does it last very long? A week or more?

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  8. They are patient creatures, putting a whole new spin on the term delayed gratification. June bugs are the worst insect we have.

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    1. June bugs are the worst?

      With horror,
      Janie Junebug

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    2. But, what an exception you are!

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  9. I wonder if I can mate while I climb a tree . . .

    Love,
    Janie

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  10. I have such sensitivity to some noises that I am glad I don't have to find out whether this is one of them. It's a good thing you folks managed to get those grad pictures before the inundation!

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  11. Its been awhile since we have had them. The noise is nice sometimes. But I hate those things lying around!!

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  12. I have only heard them, never saw them or knew their life cycle, so I learned something new today.

    Betty

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  13. I learned a lot - didn't know that (and am always interested in nature). When I am in Italy I like to hear cicadas - far away - but what you describe does not sound nice!

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  14. I must say Joanne - I am pleased I don't live next door to any!

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  15. Hari OM
    Oh goody there may be some still there when I arrive! &*> YAM xx

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  16. I like the sounds of nature. People won't say anything about "gunshots" and "sirens" and the roar of traffic but get upset over some "bug noise". I don't get it....

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  17. I enjoyed learning about them. Where we lived in Upstate NY there used to be the sound of peepers in the spring, too.

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  18. They are very loud on summer nights. The dogs and cats chase them.

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  19. When I temporarily lived alone out here in the woods, that was a nightly ( frightly) sound. I hated it then and hate it now! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

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  20. As a little girl I read the Little House on the Prairie book that involved an invasion of cicadas. I thought it was the stuff of horror movies then, and still do.

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  21. I can remember collecting the shells from trees when I was a child. I would put them in my pocket. Don't ask why because I don't know. I did gather one that was still alive. It clawed my bottom and I was screaming. My parents laughed. Today I can laugh too.

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  22. I remember this so well. I wonder if the cycle is the same in Illinois. I'll have to go check when we had ours.

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    1. Just checked. Illinois had the 17 year cicada in spring of 2007. We're not due for another hatching until 2024.

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  23. I love the cicadas. it's a sure sign of summer to go outside and hear them droning on.

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  24. I love the sounds of summer. I don't really mind the noise of the creatures outside, except for the sound of Harley's speeding down my country road.

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  25. Joanne -- Cicada are certainly interesting bugs. And yes, they do make loud hums in the summer air. And yes they do take over everything around the outside of your home and yard. But I admit that I do like the sound. My former dog loved to eat them and the man that ran the antique shop in town told me that some folks eat them too. Now I draw the line in the sand when it comes to me eating them. -- barbara

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