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Their haunting chirrup strikes fear into the heart of every gardener. For thirteen years this cicada hoard has lain dormant in its underground lair, awaiting the right time to strike. And it appears that that time has come. Even at this very moment, billions of the winged insect are crawling from their exoskeleton cages, ready to suck the sap out of every plant, tree and bush that gets in their way. Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk...
'When I drove from my house to the grocery store, I ran over thousands of them. They're everywhere. The air is just thick with them.'
And they get in hair, cars, picnics and houses.
Originally posted by Gumerk
reply to post by spacedonk
These things have been going strong here in central Mississippi for about 2 weeks now. Just before the rash of tornadoes came through they started their chanting, and day and night they have been going ever since. I've had two land on my shoulder and just sit there or crawl around for a few minutes before flying off again. They have red eyes and epic stamina. Do they sleep...at all?edit on 12-5-2011 by Gumerk because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by TheyWontBelieveU
reply to post by spacedonk
Actually this is quite normal. The cicada will hibernate and live off the roots of trees in the area and wait until the trees are in an "optimal sapping stage". They're able to tell when the trees are in optimal conditions and only then will they un-earth themselves for another run at it.
So if you don't consider yourself one of the "doom and gloomers", would you consider yourself a fear monger?
Are there really millions though? Like millions and millions? I couldn't imagine it.
Periodical Cicada, Magicicada spp.
Host: Both nymphs and adults feed on a wide variety of deciduous forest, shade, and fruit trees. Trees that show the most conspicuous symptoms of oviposition injury are oak, hickory, ash, maple, hawthorn, apple, black locust, birch, and dogwood. Symptoms: Periodical cicadas usually do not cause a great deal of damage.
The nymphs suck sap from small tree roots which could kill some of the roots but is probably not economically important. The adults suck sap from trees, but cause very little damage. The adult females cut slits in small twigs of trees in which to lay their eggs. This may kill the twig, but on large trees this causes no more damage than moderate pruning. Small trees, however, are sometimes seriously injured when the cicadas are numerous. Periodical cicadas do not bite or sting and are harmless to people.
Originally posted by tncryptogal
I guess it's a slow news day for the UK to be reporting on it. After all, it isn't like there are not other important things happening, like the new revelations from Fukishima or anything.