By Maggie Koerth-Baker at 11:30 am Tue, Apr 2, 2013
I live around those things and have been looking for a highly toxic, non-biodegradable spray to solve that problem for years. Seriously. In this case the environmental disaster and dead zones would be worth it.
Why? They’re quite harmless.
Unless you ride a motorcycle into the Patapsco area during the once-every-221 years 13-year 17-year overlap and hit several hundred of them at 65mph or so. If you’re not wearing a full face helmet and leathers you may not survive; I swear it’s as close as I ever want to come to being hit by a machine gun. Black bruises the size of ping pong balls all over my body and I damn near got knocked off the seat.
They’re harmless. You, on the other hand, are hemiptericidal.
They make so much noise and that interferes with my video gaming. Scientists estimate that around 7 billion species have gone extinct. So that means we get 1 per person. Mine will be cicadas.
Yeah what gives. Howard County, Maryland last saw them in summer 2004. Every 17 years?
There’s multiple cycles. In 2004, the whole DC-Baltimore area got hit with a convergence of like 2-3 cycles at once hence the feeling of apocalypse.
my 18-year old cat remembers, and spent all winter sharpening her claws for cicada-fest.
Why does an article about a project by RadioLab, link out to a PopSci page that *then* links to RadioLab? Why not link directly to the subject you’re talking about?
Locally in Tallahassee we have detected these cicadas:
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