Cicadas will climb tall grass to "hatch." I know because I'm behind on my mowing and they are all over the stalks..
But the cicadas are much fewer than 13 and 26 years ago. They are still noisy but my trees are not covered 2 and 3 deep with carapaces as in the past. I think the cold snap we had cut back on the emergence.
I know the geographical range of these cicadas is also very limited. They are not found 60 miles SW of here in Hohenwald and I never saw them 80 East in Cookeville either. There are cicadas there but not the 13-yr plague of red cicadas like in M'boro.
Post by GratefulEd on May 24, 2011 22:26:53 GMT -5
I'm in the extreme southeastern corner of Tennessee in an area much like Manchester, and the cicadas are only out here and there. Nothing like the clouds of bugs the old-timers talk about. Loud as hell, though.
Well, there are CLOUDS of them in Nashville proper. On the interstate, driving home yesterday, I had to have killed 100. I will see if I can't manage to take a photo at some point but if you look next to the concrete barrier (separating the sides of the interstate) they are completely covered with dead cicadas that have been hit by cars.
Us "Yankees" get the Cidadas too. Oh, and nobody can beat Jersey's pizza & bagels ;D
jersey pizza makes me sad. so does having to have someone pump my gas
When I went on my first trip driving out of Jersey when i was 17, I was in PA and I sat at a gas pump for 15 minutes before it occurred to me that I had to pump my own. The attendant was laughing at me.
Haha, just remember, they don't bite or sting or anything. They just look around with their big ugly faces and make a lot of noise to impress big ugly faced girlie cicadas.
Yesterday after work I was riding the shuttle bus out to the lot, and my fellow riders started freaking out when a couple cicadas had hopped on. I felt a tickle on the inside of my pants leg. Turning my legs to the aisle to locate the bugger, I found it had made its way to the outside of my khakis. I cupped my hands and grabbed it, holding the insect until I got off the bus. Everyone who noticed looked at me like I was crazy. No bites, no stings, just a few chirps.
Post by captmonkey on May 28, 2011 22:39:12 GMT -5
Hey folks. Today I headed up from Atlanta to my parents' house in Murfreesboro (about 30 minutes north of the farm) for the weekend. I started hearing the cicadas about 15-20 miles from Murfreesboro, but didn't really hear any around Manchester. When I got to their house, they were everywhere, literally flying into me as I was getting my bags out of the car and the noise was deafening. I took this video of one of their trees covered up with them.
Like others have said, the noise seems to peak in the afternoon and they're silent by sundown. It shouldn't be a problem for Bonnaroo, since there doesn't seem to be nearly as many in Manchester, but it's still strange seeing so many of them all over the place. I was even getting squirted when I was standing under the tree to take the video and I had to look it up to see if cicadas could actually squirt. I discovered that yes, it was projectile cicada pee.
So I've mostly ignored this thread up until now, because I grew up in Australia where cicadas come out yearly and are as much a part of summer as fireworks, BBQ and trips to the beach; even though they were loud, I figured it wouldn't really be an issue at Roo where they could just kick the volume up to 11.
Then I went onto Wikipedia and saw that cicadas in Australia are different enough from American ones that they get their own section (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicadas#Cicadas_in_Australia). Uhhhh... uh-oh. Now I have no idea what to expect - 13-17 year breeding season? That's some crazy Jeepers Creepers shiz right there! Looks like I very well may have to go in there with a more strategic battle plan to deal with those little quackers.