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    Scientists say this is going to be a bumper crop year for cicadas. Get out yer ear plugs.

    Did you know that only the males make that sound?

    There's an old saying which goes back to antiquity.

    "Happy are the cicada's lives, for silent are their wives."

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    Whats a cicades? Did the sneake across the border?

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    Originally posted by bigbird
    Whats a cicades? Did the sneake across the border?
    Those are called Garcias

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    OH, that`s right, i got carried away. Can you spray them with ddt or cloradane?

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    Originally posted by bigbird
    OH, that`s right, i got carried away. Can you spray them with ddt or cloradane?
    Only in powder form. Any liquid runs off their backs and they continue to multiply.


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    Sounds sexy to me.The only thing i got to worry about in my area is rattlesnakes & mountain lions.

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    What are they? Sound like locusts.

    Link,link. http://www.agpix.com/photographer/po...3_caption.html

    It is a locust. Me and the boys like to follow the sound and shoot um out of the trees with a pellet gun.
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    It said that they are in the eastern US. I never heard of them. Are they the ones that you hear around mid August? We just call them locust around here. Are they the same thing? The hotter it gets the louder they get.

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    We call them locusts around here (Texas) as well, but we get them every year. I used to catch them as a kid and stuff our mailbox with them. When the mailman came along, he got to witness some interesting outgoing mail.

    How's this for a bug's life? Hatch from egg, bury yourself underground, hang out below the soil for 17 years, munching and growing up. Then you come up and if you're male, you fly free as a bird, sing for sex for 3 weeks or so, mate, and croak. If you're female, you hang out waiting for it, mate, lay eggs, and croak. Your offspring get to repeat the process ad infinitum.




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    At least they don't know any better

    I hear there are frogs that do the same in some deserts. Thats the kind of life that will survive our upcoming thermo-nuclear-destruction.

    But HEY! If everybody calls um Locusts, why does the TV call um Cicada's?
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    I think locusts are more like a grasshopper.

    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasc...9/bio99465.htm

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    Originally posted by mattm
    I think locusts are more like a grasshopper.

    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasc...9/bio99465.htm
    Or great, get the government involved. Now we will never find out for sure.

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    Actually, locusts is a misnomer and applies to assgropers, er I mean grasshoppers.

    Not the ones that ride motorcycles and get busted up.

    Cicadas are those big wierd looking noisy things that come out of their shell and leave the shell behind.


    [Edited by midhvac on 05-19-2004 at 06:22 PM]

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