Thursday, August 18, 2011

That bird at my door last night wasn't a bird

The following excerpt was borrowed from USA Today:

An enormous brood of cicadas that covers parts of 16 states is beginning to wake from its 13-year slumber underground.

The inch-long insects, which are sometimes mistakenly called 17-year locusts, have been reported hatching in South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Arkansas. They will appear farther north as soil temperatures reach 64 degrees. [and fucking TEXAS]

The cicadas don't bite or sting and only suck liquid from tree branches, but their sheer numbers, and the din they make when the males start singing as they search for mates, can be annoying. [annoying?!!? it's like torture....won't they just SHUT UP  and get laid already?!]

Enjoy them, says Gene Kritsky, editor of the journal AmericanEntomologist. "It's like watching a nature video in your backyard." [oh, we'll see about THAT, Gene]

For those who find walking through bugs to be the ultimate gross out, there's good news: The cicadas will die in a month, and the next generation won't emerge until 2024. Scientists call these cicadas the Great Southern Brood or Brood XIX. It is the world's largest "periodical" brood, one that surfaces after years.

Cicadas aren't dangerous, and are non-toxic and even edible, says Kritsky, a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. "The Iroquois ate them all the time." [they couldn't find a decent bison? they had to eat big ass nasty BUGS? C'mon man...]

Even so, the bugs are annoying: They get in people's hair, their cars, their picnics and their houses. [not in these here parts, Pardner.]

In all there are 15 broods, as the offspring groups are known: 12 of the 17-year variety and three of the 13-year kind. So most years, there is a brood hatching somewhere. Greg Hoover, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, says there was none in 2009 or 2010, which means the arrival of this year's Brood XIX "could kind of come as a surprise to people."

Here is a picture of the nasty little bastards.

The USA Today thinks its so smart....they never even discussed the flammability of cicadas.  It has been proven (in my backyard) that cicada wings are HIGHLY flammable.  Their legs and feet , not so flammable. And frankly, he's only gonna live a couple more weeks according to this article...he can live wingless, I say.  I wonder how that mating song goes without wings? Nasty motherfuckers....

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