Tuesday, June 01, 2004

17-Year Cicadas in the Eastern U.S.

The cicada "skins" or "shells" or whatever you want to call them. These remnants are all over the place and they stink a little bit. Posted by Hello

Every seventeen years, the cicadas apparently come out for a few weeks in the eastern United States. I wish the videos I took were small enough to email, but at 30 MB, they're obviously not. But they could give you some sense of the terrific howling sound they are making during the day.

They seem to be mostly in the trees, as I'm not getting swarms on the side of the house the way some other people are describing at work. But here you can see their shells that they apparently molt out of before going on about their business. Gives a sense of just how many there are.

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