Those of you who complain about ingesting (or getting pelted with) muffleheads at the Po!nt are in for a treat this year - the 17-year cicada! Except they're not just exclusive to that peninsula in Sandusky. :)
I would imagine they were a different variety, as I have seen cicadas a few different years between '87 and now, and I remember wondering why since they're only supposed to emerge every 17 years.
There are 12 broods of 17-year cicadas, each identified by Roman numerals. There also are 13-year cicadas, and each brood has its own timetable and geographic range, mostly east of the Mississippi. They're called periodic cicadas, to distinguish them from the kind that show up every summer.
We had them a couple years ago and the sound they make is deafening. I try to keep our windows open as much as possible (before the A/C must be turned on) and you couldn't even watch tv, they were so loud. I'm hoping they were early risers or I'm going to nuts again this year.
Never got up close and personal with one on a coaster, but I'm thinking it wouldn't feel too good be hit by one going 50+ mph.
We got a memo here where I live in Baltimore...they said that in Baltimore county in 1987 a lot of outdoor events had to be canceled since it was so noisey....they numbered up to 100,000 per square acre! They were cautioning people to be very careful booking wedding receptions, etc.
We have "regular" cicadas where I grew up in IL, but this outbreak sounds a lot worse!
The seasonal cicadas, which come around every summer, are green and black and about 2" long. The brood emerging this year (either brood X or IX) is black with bright red eyes and the bugs are about 1.5" long. Sometimes the noises that these bugs make sound other-worldly! Last time they emerged, we made the mistake of trying to trim the weeds in our yard, and hundreds of bugs swarmed on the weed-eater, apparently because the noise was so similar to their mating calls.
On the site Vater linked to, theres another link to a map that says the worst outbreaks are going to miss Sandusky by around 50 miles. I'm sure we'll still see plenty of them, just hopefully not as many as other areas.
The memories of those things still haunts me. The sound, getting in my hair while mowing the lawn, dead insects everywhere etc. etc. My Mom tells that they were only here for about 4-6 weeks in Baltimore. That was 4-6 weeks too long. I remember one kid in my high school dared another kid to eat one and he did. Ahhh, the humble beginnings of "Fear Factor":)
Well, if the map on USA Today is correct, the things are going to either barely miss us or barely hit us, Bloomsburg is right on the border of the projected "invasion zone". I have always hated the things, the noise they make is worse than screaming opera singers...
RideMan said: "Relatively prime"? Is that like "sort of pregnant"?
For those playing along at home, "relative prime" numbers are numbers whose greatest common factor is 1.
So, 4 and 5 are relative primes, even though 4 is not itself a prime number.
(Everyone who's ever done any fractions in their life has used relative primes, whether they realize it or not - reducing a fraction to its lowest terms (ie turning 2/4 into 1/2) is expressing it in terms of relative primes.) *** Edited 4/13/2004 12:57:55 PM UTC by GregLeg***