Cicadas

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  1. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Hello anyone!
    I am looking for cicada casing - BIG ones! A lady from our Senior Center vacationed in Tulsa OK recently and brought back casings/shells from what to me was a huge bug of some sort. They are over an inch in length and out worldly looking. Not from the PNW!
    I took them to a Senior Center Fair today and displayed them in our Master Gardener booth as an "eye catcher", hoping for an ID. Several people ID them as cast off cicada casings. One gentleman said he used to play with them as a kid in the midwest, but ours were little ones. (Is this possible?) The ones he remembers were 2-3 inches long. I want some Big ones so that the next customer that complains of big, ugly bugs here in Washington can get a look at a really big, ugly bug. Our biggest bugs are probably preying mantis or some beetles. Some of our aggressive house spiders can be very intimidating but usually harmless, even if described as hissing and lunging. Even our snakes are benign.
    I want something really spectacular to show people. "How would you like to find THIS in your garden"! I'll gladly pay postage to anyone that can send me some impressive casings. Yes, I'm old and ornery, but still have a sense of humor. ;)))) barb
     
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    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Dang nabbit! I just deposited one I found on my front step in the trash can. Trash day was Thursday! Will keep my eyes open for any I discover whilst clearing out my garden. Also have seen them hanging on trees.

    Sure, Barb, there are 2500 species of cicada---annual, 17-year, etc. We have the big 'uns here in Ohio, and the noise they make is ear-splitting.

    Here is an article on the subj. from my local newspaper:

    http://www.dispatch.com/live/conten...march-to-beat-of-their-own-loud-drumming.html
     
  3. Barbara Lloyd

    Barbara Lloyd Well-Known Member

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    Do they really get 2-3 inches long? I am totally fascinated by these critters. I mistakenly left my two samples out on my desk last night and the new 6 mo old kitten evidently thought they were play toys so now their legs are stubs. Thank you for any help. The article and emerging pics were a once-in-a-lifetime shot. :0 Barb
     
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    Acerholic Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout Maple Society

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    I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would add this link as there have been a few postings recently about Cicadas. An interesting watch!!!
     
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