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What a handsome cicada.* :D* They are harmless, just funny looking.* We recently had the 17 year cicadas emerge.* Remember all that humming, especially in the evening?* When I find one that isn't on a tree, I gently move it to a tree so it can mate and go about it's business.* http://www.ivyhall.district96.k12.il...ts/cicada.html
Oh, okay, same as a "locust"? *I have only seen them when they have left their "skeleton" behind on a tree. I actually went back out and got to looking at him and they really are cool looking.
I do remember 3 or 4 years ago in MASS, the big deal was the 17 year cicadas emerging. Unfortunately I was not there for it.* Their sound is neat and LOUD, I am hearing it here in SC, but have not listened to news or radio in MONTHS...is that just their normal, or are they in their 17 year emergence here now?
No, locust are related to grasshoppers and are very destructive when they mass.* Sometimes cicadas are called locust, but they aren't locust.* There are annual cicadas and periodical cicadas that emerge after 17 years or after 13 years.* It seems I hear them here in Maryland every year, so we have the annuals, the 13 and the 17 year. This one is probably an annual one. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada