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Cicadas 2021 - Brood X

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My only memory of them is from 2004. Unbelievably cool and a great learning experience. I loved watching to see which animals adapted quickly enough to realize they had a free lunch...and dinner.... Amazing to see how the long and unique life cycle of the periodical cicada exempts it from many things that other species constantly deal with in order to survive.

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One of my earliest preschool memories in 1987- I was only four years old.

2004 I was a senior at UMBC and they were everywhere on campus. My grandmother's house in Glen Burnie had probably the densest cicada coverage I had seen.

My oldest son doesn't believe me about how loud and dense it can be. He's about to find out.

I wonder if the blue eyed cicada myth will circulate again this time too. :lol:

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5 minutes ago, George BM said:

How many would you guessitmate were on the ground per square meter in the 1970 outbreak?

I was a 7-year old kid so I probably wouldn't be able to give a very scientific measurement.  But I do remember piles of shells on the ground everywhere, not just under or around the trees.  We tried tent camping in my cousin's backyard and gave up pretty quickly when it was apparent it would be impossible to sleep with the noise.

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They thrive in older neighborhoods with lots of trees.  I remember in 2004 going out at dusk, running my hand along the ivy under a maple tree and having an entire hand full with no effort at all.  Love when they emerge out of the ground before molting!

 

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1970 was bad.  87 not as bad and 04 seemed awful.  If you cannot hear them around your home just drive with windows down.  It usually doesn't take long to find an area overrun with them.  They can get really LOUD too when in big numbers.  I remember I was in Columbia near Merriweather Post in the woods and it was impossible to talk on the phone.  As I was walking toward the end of the woods they started landing on me.  They aren't much to worry about until they start crawling on the back of your neck and dig their damn claws in like a kitten clinging for dear life!

The periodical cicadas remind me of steamed crabs with their orange exoskeleton and red eyes.  The more familiar annual cicadas are larger and dark green.  Songs are different too.

 

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29 minutes ago, PrinceFrederickWx said:

However many we see, I'm sure the Euro will overestimate the density until about 12 hours out.

Don't expect much in SOMD...

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They only need a soil temp of 64 degrees to emerge. That could be in March if it's warm enough. Never lived through one of these, but I was actually in DC in 2004 (not living in the area) and remember them. You couldn't walk down the sidewalk without running into one.

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2004 was awful in Falls Church/ Fairfax,  Mclean....but no brood south of Clifton/ Manassas. The southern burbs got it good in 2012 or 2013 ( can't remember when) Either way its horrifying. You always had the feeling there was one hanging onto your collar or the back of your shorts. Because you really couldn't feel them unless they were crawling on your skin. A lot of women had them wrapped up in their hair. Kind of funny but ultimately creepy. 

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i was living in DC (Cathedral Heights) when the last swarm emerged. as they came out of the ground i could see them on my window screens. I lived near a big wooded park and the noise in my neighborhood (full of trees) was deafening. I had a tree right outside my apartment and it was absolutely covered with cicadas.

I was apprehensive about it, but they are harmless and bumbling. you'll see the newly emerged ones upside down on the street. I used to turn them right side up as I headed to my bus stop.

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reposting from banter:

they have 3 different songs. a “pharaoh” song:

a frying pan/lawn sprinkler song:

and a high-pitched alien song:

 

i heard all 3 in my DC neighborhood. i had never lived anywhere there was a brood and i’m so psyched i’ll have the chance to see them again.

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Also reposting from Banter since I missed this being a thread....

Back to cicadas, a reminder to the people with green thumbs here, do NOT plant any new fruit trees or bushes this spring until the Brood is dead. They will destroy them because they love the nutrients from fruit forward plants. If you currently have fruit trees and plants, make sure to cover them with a net to prevent invasions of them from getting to them. Saw this when I was reading up scientific info on Brood X. 

I will never forget the 2004 Brood in my neighborhood. I lived right next to Graham State Forest and we were inundated beyond belief.

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I'm done with this thread.  If you wanna talk shit about me, do it here, because I'll never see it.    Too many pictures and videos.  Kill all of them  with fire.   Birds and Cicada killing hornets, step up. 

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I was a senior at the Naval Academy getting ready to graduate.  They were everywhere.  It was nuts.  Our class always jokes that we had a natural disaster (Isabelle) and a plague of locusts during our senior year.  At least our water didn't turn to blood and we avoided livestock pestilence.  

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14 hours ago, vastateofmind said:

Yes, but -- when will LWX issue the cicada watches/warnings??

NEVER

13 hours ago, stormtracker said:

That's cool since I'll never get it anyway

Oh man. Laughed out loud hard at this

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8 hours ago, stormtracker said:

I'm done with this thread.  If you wanna talk shit about me, do it here, because I'll never see it.    Too many pictures and videos.  Kill all of them  with fire.   Birds and Cicada killing hornets, step up. 

Here's Johnny

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16 hours ago, stormtracker said:

I absolutely HATE them.  They remind of one of the two things that are my weakness: a big ass roach.    I HATE HATE HATE them.   This is the time of year that I love birds even more.   A buffet for them.

 

15 hours ago, EHoffman said:

Don't worry there will also be giant wasps eating them too

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphecius_speciosus

My cat likes the regular every year cicada, so this year will be a smorgasbord for her.  

In 2004, I had just bought my old house and started renovating it that spring.  I didn't have AC yet and the sound from first light to evening was piercing.  We got the addition closed in by mid June and I had to shop vac about three inches of dead cicadas out of my new crawl space.  I can't wait for this year's brood.

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I literally live on the rain/snow line of brood X cicadas here in Fairfax county.  Not sure why, but literally had 0 in my yard in 2004, I could cross the street to the north and they would be all over the place. This map illustrates.  

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On 2/23/2021 at 8:56 PM, PrinceFrederickWx said:

One of my earliest preschool memories in 1987- I was only four years old.

2004 I was a senior at UMBC and they were everywhere on campus. My grandmother's house in Glen Burnie had probably the densest cicada coverage I had seen.

My oldest son doesn't believe me about how loud and dense it can be. He's about to find out.

I wonder if the blue eyed cicada myth will circulate again this time too. :lol:

That’s funny, my memory of them from 2004 was at umbc as well.  I remember jogging around the loop one evening seeing them emerge out of the ground and I got down on all 4’s to watch.  A cop pulled over asking me what the hell I was doing... he then got out and started watching them come out of ground as well.  

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So I was really, really young in 1987 so I'm sure this distorts my view, but it seemed like they were absolutely everywhere. I actually thought it wasn't bad at all in 2004. I was expecting them to be everywhere, but I remember them not really being much of an issue.

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