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In the southeast US  (including Kentucky) we are projected to have 3 separate waves of them, two weeks apart, this fall. 

They come up out of the ground, climb up the sides of the trees. 

Their husk splits open in the back and the flying locust dries off and then flies away to join the swarm. 

They coat the sides of our shade trees with the husks that they break out of. 

The husks will stay on the sides of the tree trunks for months unless you have a strong broom to knock them loose.

posted by Corbin_Dallas on August 8, 2019 at 8:47 AM | link to this | reply

I always liked the sound of cicadas when I lived in Australia.  At midday, around October, they could be deafening.  Perhaps they think it's night-time, being in the other hemisphere ... smile.

posted by mneme on August 8, 2019 at 6:29 AM | link to this | reply

Well Taqs I have never had the pleasure , but nature is pretty consistent and once heard never forgotten.

posted by C_C_T on August 3, 2019 at 9:28 AM | link to this | reply

When I was a kid, trying to go to sleep on hot summer nights was made near impossible by these loud, ratchety-sawing noisy things!  But now, like you, I love the sounds, they help me to go to sleep!  

There was one a few summers back that lived for a time among the greenery on my deck and made its music about 5 feet from my bed!

posted by Ciel on August 3, 2019 at 7:01 AM | link to this | reply

That's right..they're be coming up out of the ground.  In the mid-fifties, I remember clouds of them causing it to get dark at mid-day.  They're disgusting creatures.

posted by Corbin_Dallas on August 3, 2019 at 5:23 AM | link to this | reply

In a couple of years, we'll be going through the big invasion. They're pretty n eat to me. Like you, I enjoy them.

posted by FormerStudentIntern on August 3, 2019 at 4:26 AM | link to this | reply

I'd never heard cicadas until I moved to Illinois - nights are cool in

western Washington - or they were then. My new inlaws called them locusts and there was something about a 17-year cycle, they were the sound track for hot summer nights, just as you wrote. Thanks for the image of kids sharing a blanket and no doubt telling stories as they listened... 

posted by Pat_B on August 3, 2019 at 3:32 AM | link to this | reply

Isn't it interesting how a sound or a scent can take us somewhere we haven't been in a long time? I didn't hear cicadas until I was quite well into adulthood, and they were a surprise to me. I think they might be as interesting as the American Ninja Warriors. How fun!

posted by RPresta on August 2, 2019 at 10:35 PM | link to this | reply

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