3 thoughts on “What the 17-year cicada sounds like”

  1. They lay their eggs by piercing the bark of twigs and branches of the trees. The twigs will often break off. 6 to 10 weeks later they drop to the ground.

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  2. They are pretty harmless. They are attracted to the sound of chainsaws–my brother found that out when he was a tree trimmer.

    The 17-year cicada (that is my picture next to my name) is one of many broods of cicadas; there are annual ones, as well as 5- and I think 13-year ones as well.

    By the way, the 17-year cicadas are coming this year to the east coast; they will come out in the eastern Midwest in a couple of years, then here in the western Midwest they will come out in about 3 years.

    And yes, the 17-year cicadas are the loudest of the broods.

    And when they are not making that make-your-ears-bleed sounds, they sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU7XvM_rbHc

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  3. I was working in Princeton, NJ the last time they hatched. It was deafening! And you couldn’t walk down the street without crushing them under your feet! What a mess!

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