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    Here Come the Cicadas!

    ...well, if you live between North Carolina and Connecticut, apparently.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/sc...s.html?hp&_r=0

    What a fascinating story. I do wonder if these periodic huge crops of cicadas lead to really good insect-eating bird chick survival rates. Probably do, but there's no mention of it in the story.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by Chitowncy View Post
    I do wonder if these periodic huge crops of cicadas lead to really good insect-eating bird chick survival rates. Probably do, but there's no mention of it in the story.
    Do you happen to like birds?




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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Doesn't Iowa have a brood emerging next year?


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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    so are these a different species of cicadas then the ones that around every summer?


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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    Doesn't Iowa have a brood emerging next year?
    It has to be by 2016, I remember one high school baseball summer where our dugout was just covered in them every day we can in. Can't remember what year it was, but I graduated HS in '99.


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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by BKLYNCyclone View Post
    Doesn't Iowa have a brood emerging next year?
    You are right, it was '97 per the website below.

    http://www.magicicada.org/about/brood_pages/broods.php


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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLNST8 View Post
    Do you happen to like birds?
    Si. I enjoy nature quite a bit, including native songbirds. I'm a conservationist and love the outdoors.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by boone7247 View Post
    You are right, it was '97 per the website below.

    Periodical Cicada Broods
    Good to know. So it looks like next year is going to be the big year for us Iowans.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    I think cicadas are cool. I know they give some people the creeps, but they are harmless....other than plugging things up now and then.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    I think cicadas are cool. I know they give some people the creeps, but they are harmless....other than plugging things up now and then.
    Is anything truly harmless?



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by Daserop View Post
    Is anything truly harmless?

    Hide your daughters.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    Hide your daughters.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    We had a brood emerge here in Northern Illinois about 5 years ago. I forgot just how loud and well, just plain gross the whole mess can be. They were everywhere. The gross part happens when they all start dying and there are millions of carcases everywhere.



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman38 View Post
    so are these a different species of cicadas then the ones that around every summer?
    Yes, apparently there are both annual cicadas and periodical cicadas. The periodical broods apparently have either a 13 or 17 year cycle. Interestingly, the annual cicadas have a life cycle that lasts 2-5 years, it's just that a fraction of them are appearing every year.

    Annual cicada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



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    Re: Here Come the Cicadas!

    Quote Originally Posted by bos View Post
    I think cicadas are cool. I know they give some people the creeps, but they are harmless....other than plugging things up now and then.
    if you wouldn't eat them...



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