Saturday, June 08, 2013

17 year locusts

Some folks in Jersey are upset they don't have 17 year cicadas in their neighborhood. True, habitat is shrinking through development - been going on for centuries. They weren't present in my suburban hometown in great numbers. I have none here, with plenty of old trees & lawns. Ten miles away people are shoveling the carcasses off their sidewalks. Migration is not part of the 17 year cicada's life cycle. Reproductive success depends on local population concentration. Time & opportunity as winged adults are brief. They need to fly to a mate, preferably on the same tree. If you want to experience  them & they aren't where you are, go to where they are.  17 years ago I was visiting Fanwood NJ while they were up in the trees. It was awesome. & loud.

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