COVID scrambled those plans.
The next time brood X comes out, I'll be middle-aged. Most of my life will have run its course. I hope the cicadas will help me make peace with that fact.
We all must live life on life's terms.
What are you defining as middle age? If you were in college 17 years ago, aren't you basically middle age now, or at least pretty close? I certainly hope your life hasn't already run its course :).
That said, it also depends on where you are. They can only grow in soil that remained mostly unmolested (no construction) for 17 years. Recently constructed neighborhoods will not have many cicadas. Also, they feed on tree roots, so areas with few trees will have few cicadas.
I can say that I was in Silver Spring, MD for Brood X in the spring of 2004, and for a few days you couldn't take a step without squishing 20 cicadas. Trees looked like you had dropped acid because they were literally covered >50% of their surface area in wiggling cicadas. I started carrying an umbrella because I would be picking them of of myself for a half hour from the mere 20' walk from my car to my front door.
This is how I remember it...
The 2004 brood in KC was a good size. Totally freaked me out, since I had recently moved to the area, and had never seen a cicada in my life. At first, I thought they were alarms going off.
> "But the 13- and 17-year recurrence of cicada emergences may be an even savvier strategy. Both 13 and 17 are prime numbers, meaning they're divisible only by 1 and themselves. This means that emergences rarely overlap with predator population cycles that occur in shorter intervals. For example, if cicadas emerged every 10 years, they'd be susceptible to predators whose population boomed on a cycle of one, two, five or 10 years. If they came out every 12 years, they'd be a tasty snack for any predator on a cycle of one, two, three, four, six or 12 years. Thirteen years, though? Only one and 13. The same goes for a 17-year cycle."
My first experience these two cycles ago when I flew into Texas and wasn’t expecting to hear one in a tree next to me. It was surreal because it sounded like a loud kitchen appliance or lawnmower and I couldn’t find the source.
Took me a long time to realize it was a bug on the tree that I had seen moments after I started looking.
I remember collecting them and their shells as a kid.
With names like Green Grocer, Cherry Nose and Double Drummer, the hunt was always on for how many different types could be found over the summer.
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Both interesting, and slightly nauseating. I've eaten bugs myself, but cicadas seem very unappetizing.
(turns out they have more about cicadias!)
"Cicada Coin: Value doubles every 17 years. How to start saving."
"Why we need to have a conversation about cicadas."
"How to talk to your children about cicadas."
"You can eat cicadas. But should you?"
"Neighbors complain Florida man shooting at backyard cicadas with shotgun."
"Cicadas destroyed my marriage."
"What cicadas can tell us about life on Mars."
"Can cicadas spread Covid? Experts disagree."
"DC high school principal repeatedly calls 911 over cicadas, is suspended."
"Cicadas and home insurance. Insurers inundated with questions."
"Trump eliminates cicadas from Mar A Lago golf course. Fascism or prudence?"
"Mr. Cicada new Marvel hero. You won't believe his super powers."
"Cicada-covered corpse alarms health officials; prompts new questions about insect invasion."
"Palmer Lucky transforms battlefield with AI cicadas. Pentagon takes notice."
Based on this I suspect it’s an eighth grade report that they just posted. Sounds like the list of facts I used to compile.
I'm joking, but ... hm