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Feel Good Friday – Return Of The Cicadas

Interesting time lapse film about the 17 year life cycle of a cicada. We had our local brood hatch 2 years ago and it was loud around here for a month.


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  • Lindsay June 7, 2013, 10:53 am

    I am surprised at how much I enjoyed what felt like secret access to the cicada! I recall the husks all around my bus stop as a child, and I believe that they are due here in the NE any day now.

  • NostalgicGal June 7, 2013, 5:27 pm

    I live in an area where we get a few cicadias out every year, and we had our 17th year cycle in 2009. They can hit like 110-115 decibels, and having to wear hearing protectors to hang out your wash because a male set up shop over the clothesline was disgusting. They are LOUD and they keep at it for far longer than you can keep your sanity. They’re incredibly large too. I didn’t find it magical or special… šŸ™

  • Agania June 8, 2013, 1:58 am

    Aaah an Australia summer. The heat shimmering from an asphalt road, the smell of meat sizzling on the bbq and the RACKET of the damn cicadas day and night with no respite until Autumn!

  • crella June 10, 2013, 6:02 am

    Evidently we have 27 varieties in Japan. Most are annual, judging by the noise ;-D

    Here are my favorites, the ‘tsuku-tsuku-boushi’, their name is an imitation of their song.


  • Lo June 10, 2013, 7:21 am

    I’m terrified of them but this video was lovely.

  • Anna Baptist June 18, 2013, 1:42 am

    Bless their hearts. My Japanese mother would pick up dead cicadas for good luck. I miss her so much. We would have enjoyed watching the cicadas emerging. One month out of 203 isn’t so terrible.

  • NostalgicGal August 20, 2013, 12:36 pm

    We’ve still got them going on, seeing them flying (one yesterday), finding a few dead, and still being noisy. This is every year. And as said, in 2009 it was lose your sanity and your hearing. There’s nothing magical, honest.

  • NostalgicGal November 12, 2013, 4:50 pm

    Update, they finally all shut up and got froze out about the last week in October. I’d say we have them every year for about 4 months; and the ‘insanity’ cycle every 17 years…. it’s nice having QUIET.