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Old 03-16-2004, 12:42 PM   #1
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News Cicada Swarm on Its Way...

For those of you planning to visit the MD/DC/VA area this spring you should know about the following:

Cicada Swarm on Its Way
This summer, cicadas will make their first appearance in 17 years.

By David Harrison
March 10, 2004

"They are fat, flying bugs, gargantuan by any standard of mosquito or house fly, more than an inch and a half long with bulging red eyes. There will be as many one and a half million per acre.
Somewhere around mid-May, Northern Virginia residents will become well acquainted with these creatures and the din of the whirring chirping sound they produce.
The air in the more wooded parts of the area will be thick with these bugs, entomologists say, and they will stretch all the way to eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The impending swarm of critters can recall visions of biblical plagues of locusts or dust bowl swarms of grasshoppers in the Midwest, but scientists say these bugs will be different in one respect: They’re cicadas, not locusts. That means that they will hardly do any damage to trees and plants in people’s yards.
These are not your average summer cicada whose chirping is a staple of summer afternoons. These are known as 17-year cicadas, which means they emerge once every 17 years. After living that long in a larval form underground, feeding on sap from trees, the bugs bore a hole about the size of a pinkie through the ground and emerge into the air to mate. After mating, the adults die and the eggs roll into the ground to begin the process again.
Right now, the cicadas are working their way to the surface, ready to pounce in mid-May..."

The entire detail can be found at; http://www.connectionnewspapers.com/...aper=0&cat=109



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Old 03-16-2004, 12:43 PM   #2
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Cicadas OWN j00!

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Old 03-16-2004, 12:45 PM   #3
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It's the end!!!
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:46 PM   #4
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I was in HS during the last wave in '87.
They are disgusting and will be _everywhere_.

Travellers should bring hats to cover their heads, especially women with long/big hair.

You have been warned.

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Old 03-16-2004, 12:46 PM   #5
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that sucks. I didnt read the whole thing. How long is it supposed to last. i HATE bugs
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:48 PM   #6
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I hate those damn things with a passion, just will not shut up around here.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:48 PM   #7
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Note to self, no visiting that area this year.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:49 PM   #8
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Remember to breathe through your nose when you step outside!
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:49 PM   #9
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Those things look like they really suck, I bet fish like them though.


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Old 03-16-2004, 12:51 PM   #10
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that sucks. I didnt read the whole thing. How long is it supposed to last. i HATE bugs
About 4-5 weeks of 24 hr. hell with a shrill noise like you wouldn't believe.

The birds love it too as the cicadas are food.
So plan on your car being covered in poop and dead cicada parts.

Its disgusting.
I hate bugs.

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Old 03-16-2004, 12:52 PM   #11
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Those things look like they really suck, I bet fish like them though.

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Yeah they are big & fatty.
Fishermen love it as its free bait that'll literally be everywhere.

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Old 03-16-2004, 12:54 PM   #12
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We had those in NC last year. Rich's family's tobacco farm was covered in those (didn't do any damage to the tobacco, though). We'd take the dog out there, and she would eat them! I couldn't believe how huge they were.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:54 PM   #13
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I was in HS too during the last one. I used to ride my skateboard to school and used to wipe out on the damn things because they made the roads slick. The whole underside of my skateboard would be covered with their guts!

PE was fun, we used to whack the **** out of them with the tennis rackets.

I'm not looking forward to this.....
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:54 PM   #14
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Nothing beats the Alaskan mosquitoes. 3 times bigger than normal, and about 100 times at thick. It's almost a pleasure to go through 9 months of winter, just to get the **** away from those bastards.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:55 PM   #15
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Great, Mountain biking should be interesting this year,

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Old 03-16-2004, 12:57 PM   #16
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They're LOUD too!

I was used to the sound back in CT, so I think I'll be okay. But man... it's gonna be a loud spring!
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:57 PM   #17
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Nothing beats the Alaskan mosquitoes. 3 times bigger than normal, and about 100 times at thick. It's almost a pleasure to go through 9 months of winter, just to get the **** away from those bastards.
I SECOND THAT. I still have scars from the bites. Didn't some guy get bit to death up in ANWR by those things. Maybe it was a myth I remember from high school. Either way, they are massive and only repelled by 100% pure, DEET. No deep woods off -only the 100% pure Cancer causing stuff.

One of the few things I DON'T miss about Alaska.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:58 PM   #18
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About 4-5 weeks of 24 hr. hell with a shrill noise like you wouldn't believe.
It's just unbelievable how loud they can get. I can't stand cicadas.

I used to have a cat who batted them out of the air as they flew past her, then eat 'em as they lay dazed on the ground. Good times.
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Old 03-16-2004, 12:59 PM   #19
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About 4-5 weeks of 24 hr. hell with a shrill noise like you wouldn't believe.

The birds love it too as the cicadas are food.
So plan on your car being covered in poop and dead cicada parts.

Its disgusting.
I hate bugs.

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You are going to need a full sized STI condom for your car.

Did I mention, NASTY!!!!!

Good god. What god did y'all iin the MD/VA/DC area piss off?
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Old 03-16-2004, 01:00 PM   #20
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I still want to live in Alaska.


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I SECOND THAT. I still have scars from the bites. Didn't some guy get bit to death up in ANWR by those things. Maybe it was a myth I remember from high school. Either way, they are massive and only repelled by 100% pure, DEET. No deep woods off -only the 100% pure Cancer causing stuff.

One of the few things I DON'T miss about Alaska.
I hadn't heard that one, it's a ****in possibility though.

The worst is going to sleep at night, and all of a sudden you hear this buzzing, and it comes closer and closer to your ear, and then it flies away, and comes back. Or waking up in the morning with 20 mosquitoe bites. Why can't mosquitoes eat grass and not human blood?
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Ahhhhh.......brings back memories..

Last time they came around. My father and I sat out on the front porch and had "accuracy contests" with the BB gun.

Might have to pack up the Red Rider and go back to the farm
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Old 03-16-2004, 01:02 PM   #23
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Great, Mountain biking should be interesting this year,

Bryan
Yep, bike ridding will be a bitch! You'll be covered with them from them flying through the air and landing on you to the spray of guts from your tires. Yuummm!

Well, I was going to start my bike riding in two weeks......
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patching the driveway before they hit last time + spade = cicada homerun derby.
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Old 03-16-2004, 01:03 PM   #25
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Why can't mosquitoes eat grass and not human blood?
Or tourists?
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