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2013-05-06 08:22:43 AM  
The only ones I recall ever seeing were brood V, we've got a few more years before they will be back.  Biggest thing I noticed:  Fishing SUCKS.  Seriously, there is a farking LAYER of dead ones on the top of lakes, the fish just look at whatever bait you have out and say "no, thanks but I couldn't eat another bite!"
 
2013-05-06 08:49:58 AM  
Awwww, I want to see a mega swarm of creepy bugy-wugs.
 
2013-05-06 08:53:41 AM  

Cythraul: Awwww, I want to see a mega swarm of creepy bugy-wugs.


It's absolutely surreal.  I can see how people many moons ago took them as plagues from god(s), omens, etc.  The average life expectancy in those days wouldn't really allow for enough time for someone to make the connection of 13 or 17 years.  I only recall seeing brood V in 1999, I would have seen them once before but I was just a toddler and have no memory of that.  It's pretty interesting to me for that historic perspective alone.  Things like this, periodic (or non) comets, supernova 1054 and things of that nature, it's easy to imagine how they were seen as religiously important in those days.
 
2013-05-06 08:59:02 AM  
Repeat?
 
2013-05-06 08:59:43 AM  
Ugh! I remember the last cycle that hit in May 1999. They swarmed at once and died at once. What a pain in the ass they were.
 
2013-05-06 09:02:21 AM  
Pffft. You call it God's fury, I call it free BB gun practice.
 
2013-05-06 09:07:13 AM  
RIP Jon Secada
991.com
 
2013-05-06 09:14:34 AM  
I lived in the NYC area in 1996, and honestly nothing about that summer sticks out in my mind. Maybe its because I was a full-on basement dweller at the time...
 
2013-05-06 09:14:39 AM  
Every 17 years? That's strange, I remember these as an annual late spring/early summer occurrence of my NYC childhood, the odd clicking/screaming noise would work its way down the block from tree to tree. Perhaps a similar insect that I am not familiar with, but we always called them cicadas.
 
2013-05-06 09:18:18 AM  

nekom: The only ones I recall ever seeing were brood V, we've got a few more years before they will be back.  Biggest thing I noticed:  Fishing SUCKS.  Seriously, there is a farking LAYER of dead ones on the top of lakes, the fish just look at whatever bait you have out and say "no, thanks but I couldn't eat another bite!"


But the next year you were able to catch same really nice sized fish.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-06 09:20:44 AM  
spelletrader

Different species. There are annual cicadas, 13 year cicadas, and 17 year cicadas.
 
2013-05-06 09:22:34 AM  
Long Island has annual cicadas.  It's not summer without them.
 
2013-05-06 09:22:47 AM  

Astorix: Ugh! I remember the last cycle that hit in May 1999. They swarmed at once and died at once. What a pain in the ass they were.


As a motorcyclist, my ass was the only thing not in pain. Running into one at highway speeds was not fun. Not to mention how slick the roads would be in spots from the squished ones.
 
2013-05-06 09:26:27 AM  

ZAZ: spelletrader

Different species. There are annual cicadas, 13 year cicadas, and 17 year cicadas.


Thanks for clearing that up! I grew up very close to Forest Park in Queens, seemed like they were in every tree.
 
2013-05-06 09:29:02 AM  

spelletrader: Every 17 years? That's strange, I remember these as an annual late spring/early summer occurrence of my NYC childhood, the odd clicking/screaming noise would work its way down the block from tree to tree. Perhaps a similar insect that I am not familiar with, but we always called them cicadas.


There's a different brood every year. It's just that some years have larger broods than others.
 
2013-05-06 09:31:28 AM  
Buzzing?

Subby has never heard a cicada swarm.

It's a shrill screaching that makes you go bananas.
 
2013-05-06 09:33:49 AM  
I tagged a friend of mine "The Locust" back in the 80's, because you could only find him sober every 7 years, or so.
The nickname stuck.

/He's still pissed at me about that
 
2013-05-06 09:40:11 AM  
Southeastern MA here, maybe we'll see something beyond the usual.   I can deal with that.   What sucks are the goddamn invasive "winter moths".  The adults fly around in the middle of winter and the larva will be infesting my trees any day now.   They drop billions of poppy seed sized crap onto my cars and I have to wash them sometimes twice a day or it never comes off.

Freakin nature.....
 
2013-05-06 09:42:22 AM  
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2013-05-06 09:42:47 AM  

amindtat: Astorix: Ugh! I remember the last cycle that hit in May 1999. They swarmed at once and died at once. What a pain in the ass they were.

As a motorcyclist, my ass was the only thing not in pain. Running into one at highway speeds was not fun. Not to mention how slick the roads would be in spots from the squished ones.


That just reminded me... On a trip back from Laconia Motorcycle Weekend, a friend of mine caught one right in the face. Talk about a good advertisement for full face helmet... Personally I'm impressed that he didn't crash! Managed to keep it steady and slowly move over to the side, trying to wipe the bug juice from his face. None of us had any idea what happened, and when we got to him it looked like a water balloon full of goo had been thrown into his face. Took a good 10 minutes to completely clear all the bug parts off.
 
2013-05-06 09:44:35 AM  

simusid: Southeastern MA here, maybe we'll see something beyond the usual.   I can deal with that.   What sucks are the goddamn invasive "winter moths".  The adults fly around in the middle of winter and the larva will be infesting my trees any day now.   They drop billions of poppy seed sized crap onto my cars and I have to wash them sometimes twice a day or it never comes off.

Freakin nature.....


Sounds really similar to what we call tent worms or bagworms.  Even a similar looking moth, though the caterpillar looks a lot different.  But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic.  Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look.  Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.
 
2013-05-06 09:46:41 AM  

nekom: But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic. Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look. Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.


At least stink bugs prey on garden pests -- even if they are a major pest themselves.
 
2013-05-06 09:50:35 AM  
A world full of flying cat toys
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-05-06 09:51:23 AM  
At least stink bugs prey on garden pests -- even if they are a major pest themselves.

Many species of stink bugs are predators, but I don't think the invasive brown marmarated stink bug is one of them.
 
2013-05-06 09:51:49 AM  
We've got the annual's and the 17 year ones in this area.  It's impossible to hear anything else out side, it seems to go on for two freakin weeks at least.  They fly, they're big and they're no fun when you're on a motorcycle.
When I was a kid I caught one and put it in a jar.  It was still alive ten days later.  I let it out, it laid it's eggs and died hanging on to the tree. Damnedest thing. "No son, they only live one day"  Liars.

In related, when the Gypsy Moth infestation was here in the early 80's it was worth your life to ride.  To say nothing of the carnage on your leathers, helmet and the front of your bike.
 
2013-05-06 09:53:47 AM  
Crickets and cicadas sing a rare and different tune
 
2013-05-06 09:54:18 AM  
90 decibels? Pfft.
During the drought of 2011, we had the giant cicadas coming up from Mexico.
LOUD sonsabiatches.

http://www.texasento.net/Cicada.htm
 
2013-05-06 10:00:24 AM  
Last time the brood was around here (SE Ohio) I was mowing the yard next to the cornfield.  Little bastards kept jumping off the corn onto me (and I am not a fan of large insects).  I hate those things (we still have a year or so before Brood V re-appears, 2016)

In the meantime, at least you can save on your grocery bill for the next few weeks..
 
2013-05-06 10:03:22 AM  

nekom: But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic.  Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look.  Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.



Are those the Japanese (Or Asian) Lady Beetles?

upload.wikimedia.org

If so...I hate those things.  They stink, they bite, the leave trails of brown crap all over your white walls.  And they pile up and die in windowsills by the hundreds.
 
2013-05-06 10:15:55 AM  

Burr: nekom: But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic.  Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look.  Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.


Are those the Japanese (Or Asian) Lady Beetles?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x220]

If so...I hate those things.  They stink, they bite, the leave trails of brown crap all over your white walls.  And they pile up and die in windowsills by the hundreds.


No, though we have those as well.  I'm talking about the brown marmotted stink bug.  For some reason, I seem immune to their stink, though everyone else swears they can smell it.  They don't bite, but they do get into everything.  I find them at home, in my office, in my car, outdoors and in all places.  Very irritating pests!
 
2013-05-06 10:28:33 AM  
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"Well now that Hong Kong has been given back, there's jobs in the communist army for all of us. Come on over. *BUZZ* Do you like a diet of rice and fishheads? *BUZZ* Do you like marching through the woods twenty four hours a day? *BUZZ* Do you like sharing one rifle with everyone in your platoon?! *BUZZ* Then join. *BUZZ* Today *BUZZ* The buzzing sound you hear is the capitalists trying to oppress us! *BUZZ*"
 
2013-05-06 10:29:51 AM  

nekom: brown marmotted stink bug


Oh, those things.  I don't really see those much around here surprisingly.
 
2013-05-06 10:35:23 AM  
It is the sign. He comes. Zalgo comes.

Iä! Shub-Niggurath! The Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young!
 
2013-05-06 11:08:33 AM  

nekom: Cythraul: Awwww, I want to see a mega swarm of creepy bugy-wugs.

It's absolutely surreal.  I can see how people many moons ago took them as plagues from god(s), omens, etc.  The average life expectancy in those days wouldn't really allow for enough time for someone to make the connection of 13 or 17 years.  I only recall seeing brood V in 1999, I would have seen them once before but I was just a toddler and have no memory of that.  It's pretty interesting to me for that historic perspective alone.  Things like this, periodic (or non) comets, supernova 1054 and things of that nature, it's easy to imagine how they were seen as religiously important in those days.




Nowadays it takes a tsunami, hurricane, or a volcano to get that response.
 
2013-05-06 11:33:43 AM  
I just wish I had freezer space to get a large bag of them for fishing in the fall.
 
2013-05-06 11:45:47 AM  
userserve-ak.last.fm

RIP Peter Cetera
 
2013-05-06 12:06:47 PM  
The Ugly little farkers haven't started emerging yet in my area, and I am not looking forward to them, or their natural predators like Cicada Killer Wasps.
 
kgf
2013-05-06 12:35:05 PM  
Blown completely out of proportion in 1996, and again now.  We have cicadas every year though they ususally don't come out until August.  This year is a particular group of cicadas that are 17 year cicadas.  Big deal.  Nothing to see here, move along.
 
2013-05-06 12:53:56 PM  

Burr: nekom: But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic.  Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look.  Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.


Are those the Japanese (Or Asian) Lady Beetles?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x220]

If so...I hate those things.  They stink, they bite, the leave trails of brown crap all over your white walls.  And they pile up and die in windowsills by the hundreds.


You... you... hate ladybugs? You INHUMAN MONSTER!

Anybody else remember this from their childhood?

Ladybug, ladybug
Fly away home
Your house is on fire
Your children will burn

/My parents were weird.
 
2013-05-06 01:10:00 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: You... you... hate ladybugs? You INHUMAN MONSTER!

Anybody else remember this from their childhood?

Ladybug, ladybug
Fly away home
Your house is on fire
Your children will burn

/My parents were weird.


While in the same family as the traditional "Ladybug", the one pictured above is actually an invasive species from Asia.  Notice it is more dull orange then bright red.  Even the color scheme makes me hate it more!
 
2013-05-06 01:13:05 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: Burr: nekom: But around these parts, the worst of the worst is our never-ending stink bug epidemic.  Invasive species first seen in the late 90s, now seen every farking place you look.  Indoors, outdoors, summer, winter, buzzing past you or straight into your hair.


Are those the Japanese (Or Asian) Lady Beetles?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 220x220]

If so...I hate those things.  They stink, they bite, the leave trails of brown crap all over your white walls.  And they pile up and die in windowsills by the hundreds.

You... you... hate ladybugs? You INHUMAN MONSTER!

Anybody else remember this from their childhood?

Ladybug, ladybug
Fly away home
Your house is on fire
Your children will burn

/My parents were weird.


It's about a war in Poland, if I recall. Nursery Rhymes are weird.
 
2013-05-06 01:13:56 PM  

unchellmatt: amindtat: Astorix: Ugh! I remember the last cycle that hit in May 1999. They swarmed at once and died at once. What a pain in the ass they were.

As a motorcyclist, my ass was the only thing not in pain. Running into one at highway speeds was not fun. Not to mention how slick the roads would be in spots from the squished ones.

That just reminded me... On a trip back from Laconia Motorcycle Weekend, a friend of mine caught one right in the face. Talk about a good advertisement for full face helmet... Personally I'm impressed that he didn't crash! Managed to keep it steady and slowly move over to the side, trying to wipe the bug juice from his face. None of us had any idea what happened, and when we got to him it looked like a water balloon full of goo had been thrown into his face. Took a good 10 minutes to completely clear all the bug parts off.


Those things sound a like a rock when they hit your windshield, I can't imagine getting smacked in the face with one at highway speeds would feel good.
 
2013-05-06 01:18:29 PM  
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lets party
 
2013-05-06 01:30:20 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: You... you... hate ladybugs? You INHUMAN MONSTER!


That wasn't a ladybug. It's an invasive critter from asia which only looks like a ladybug.
 
2013-05-06 01:33:12 PM  
My chickens are fat and happy.
 
2013-05-06 01:39:39 PM  
Time to break out the recipes again:
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-06 02:47:49 PM  
I liked the story at the bottom better (nsfw)
 
2013-05-06 03:48:10 PM  
The last time you saw a cicada, President Bill Clinton was running for his second term

Uhm, no. The last time I saw a cicada was last summer. Before that, the previous summer. Cicadas come out every freakin' year.

This brood, however, was last seen when Clinton was running again. Stupid poorly written article.

/also, fairly certain this is a repeat
 
2013-05-06 06:11:13 PM  
Came for the Recipes Any hints as to the flavor -- as much protein as red meet, but like popcorn?
 
2013-05-06 06:46:51 PM  
Aww, read the headline and thought it was gonna be about the A-10 warthog...

Now THAT is a furious sounding buzz.
 
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