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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    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
     
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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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    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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    NSW Australia now having a plague as they are calling it of Cicadas.
    Looks like 2021 will be the year for these visitors from underground.
    9News: Cicada plague inundates NSW in record numbers.
    Cicada plague inundates NSW in record numbers
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor 10 Years

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    Well, wouldn't you know? I had never heard of Cicadas in my corner of the world but, apparently, there is more than one annual species that can be found in the southern Okanagan and maybe here on the BC coast. Not nearly so dramatic as species found elsewhere but at least we're on the map!

    I'll be researching this further you can be sure but I'm wondering if those 'crickets' I was telling you about back in September may possibly have been cicadas? Except that cicadas reportedly sing in the day and my insects were serenading me in late afternoon and evening . . .
    Are Crickets Territorial?

    E-Fauna BC Atlas Page (src: AtlasAccordian)

    This annual species of cicada is found in North America from Oregon and Utah north to British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada 2012). It is one of nine species of Cicada found in British Columbia, and the only one found on Vancouver Island (Hamilton pers. comm. 2012). Cannings and Scudder (2005) describe it as the commonest species of cicada found in British Columbia: "Found on south-east Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and in the dry interior, it can often be heard singing during the day in midsummer from some lofty perch, often in a conifer."

    This is more interesting than any mystery novel on the best-sellers list. :-)
     
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    This is more interesting than any mystery novel on the best-sellers list. :-)
    Couldn't agree more @Margot, looking at what is happening in other countries I'm expecting the Cicada to make an appearance in the New Forest England in 2021, but you never know with these creatures. Always a mystery indeed!!!
     
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    They are about to emerge in the US as the ground warms up to 64°C.. But there is no chance of that happening in the UK anytime soon, as it is Sooo very cold and the Cicada's will stay fast asleep.
    CBS News: Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge after 17 years underground.
    Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge after 17 years underground
     
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    On CBC website, too
    I didn’t know it’s a male chorus

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/cicadas-brood-x-1.6014406
     
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    Only days away it looks like Georgia. The ground must be warm enough now. And yes, as in a lot in nature, it's the male that makes the most noise.... lol.
     
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    Can you imagine walking around in this. But it is being advertised in the US to protect oneself from the swarms. My wife and I have hats with nets to protect ourself from the dreaded midges in Scotland. But this might be a step too far...
    How can you protect yourself from cicadas
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