Cats know the season as the Great Cicada Festival. For those of us who
live life in the slow lane it is interesting to watch a couple of them
emerge, climb a tree, and pull themselves out of their shells. It takes
about 2 hours. In Illinois (near Morton Arboretum, in Downers Grove)
one year they were so thick you could not walk on the sidewalk without
stepping on them, and a walk to town meant at lease a few landed on
your head and clothing. I wonder how the massive build up (houses and
strip malls) in the area in recent years will affect the cicada
population there. Not big on bugs, I nevertheless think these cicadas
are among the neatest insects.
My question: are they all the same species? I am thinking of the
beautiful black and orange, huge, clunky looking cicadas. Joan
On Thursday, April 1, 2004, at 06:22 AM, Jaynie Martz wrote:
>> "There is speculation that this Tidewater area will be spared
>> the massive cicadae eruption this spring. Not so farther north."
>> Is this the famous 17 year cicada emergence?
> Hi Geoff,
> Yes, we have a few every single summer, but this year in the
> farther northeast, (Washington D.C., Maryland) there is supposed
> to emerge a cast of many thousands from the ground. The cool part
> will be the large amount of molted shells they leave behind once.
> The leave them stuck to trees.
> That would make me want to
>> be there, despite the noise and vast numbers of cicada bodies. It's a
>> bit sad I can't be. I'll be thinking of all the great friends I now
>> amongst you and the good times we had in Denver.
> It was terrific meeting you and your wife.
>> We have a lot of cicadas here and they sometimes produce noise at pain
> The young man who looked after our house and pets, while we were
>> away, has a nice site about our local cicadas, including song samples.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Jaynie Martz" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Thursday, April 01, 2004 8:41 AM
>> Subject: April 2004 National Geographic bird migration map
>>> Hello all,
>>> If you'll look at the east coast part of the north america
>>> migration routes, follow your finger along the coastline until
>>> you hit Delmarva Peninsula and Outer Banks. Many seabirds,
>>> waterfowl and landbird routes overlap in this rich wetlands...
>>> all the way inland to Williamsburg, Virginia. Day and night
>>> one can see and hear raucous birds in they skies....water birds
>>> obviously enjoy playing loudly with acoustics.
>>> A pelican squawked like a pteradactyl as it flew so close
>>> that my hair blew....looked amazingly like one too with a
>>> 12 foot wing spread. The Virginia Living Museum has an
>>> atrium full of native sea and water birds on the mend...
>>> their free compadres fly in to be with them until they are
>>> released...they commune through the mesh. It is very touching.
>>> There is speculation that this Tidewater area will be spared
>>> the massive cicadae eruption this spring. Not so farther north.
>>> Jaynie Martz