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Sun May 30, 2021, 11:52 AM

Cicada flipping!

Flipping over 17-year cicadas that are struggling helplessly on their backs has become a thing in my part of Maryland.

Someone posted on NextDoor that she was helping the little critters right themselves, and in almost no time dozens of others admitted to doing the same. And like me, almost everyone thought they were the only ones doing it.

I was surprised and pleased to learn that so many folks are being kind to our temporary visitors.

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Reply Cicada flipping! (Original post)
Wicked Blue May 2021 OP
Anon-C May 2021 #1
The Jungle 1 May 2021 #2
Wicked Blue May 2021 #3
Cracklin Charlie May 2021 #10
Cracklin Charlie May 2021 #11
Buckeye_Democrat May 2021 #4
Wicked Blue May 2021 #6
Buckeye_Democrat May 2021 #7
Wicked Blue May 2021 #8
Buckeye_Democrat May 2021 #9
Buckeye_Democrat May 2021 #12
I_UndergroundPanther May 2021 #5

Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 12:05 PM

1. You are calling them "temporary"?

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 12:38 PM

2. I pulled a toad out of a snakes mouth last week.

I debated not interfering but I like toads.
My corgi does not know what to make of the cicadas. Kinda funny

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #2)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:10 PM

3. Our half corgi, half chihuahua ate a cicada

She barfed it right up.
Hasn't shown interest in them since.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #3)

Sun May 30, 2021, 02:36 PM

10. My dog catches them and pulls their wings off.

I think the noise hurts her ears.

Our cicadas arenít here yet. (NW Missouri)

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:13 PM

4. I'm still waiting on the cicadas in my area of SW Ohio.

I've even driven to some local parks with lots of big trees, but haven't heard any of them yet.

Edit: I looked up local news about them, and they've been seen all over the southern side of my county recently. So it's surely just a matter of time for us on the northern end. They were all over this area 17 years ago, and I'd be amazed if it didn't happen again.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #4)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:23 PM

6. The Pittsburgh area doesn't have them

according to my son-in-law.

Looks like your area gets Brood V, which last appeared in 2016. Due again in 2033.


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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #6)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:27 PM

7. I'm in the Brood X zone on that map, plus...

... I remember seeing and hearing lots of them 17 years ago.

I edited my previous post shortly before your reply. I'll probably see and hear them very soon since they've recently emerged in big numbers on the southern side of my county. I'm on the northern end.

I live in Montgomery County OH, which is the southern-most county on that map that doesn't have black slashes in the yellow.

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #7)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:41 PM

8. Maybe they are waiting for warmer temperatures

Ours didn't start emerging until the night temperatures got up to about 60 degrees.

This weekend the weather's been unusually chilly and miserable with highs in the 50s. The poor critters aren't moving around much. There's one that's been hanging on a window screen in front of my desk for two days.

Wishing you many happy cicadas!

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:47 PM

9. I hope so too!

They can be pests in some ways, but I admit being concerned about them after not seeing them when I expected.

Yeah, the temps have been chilly sometimes around here too.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Reply #8)

Sun May 30, 2021, 05:39 PM

12. Update: They're here!

Speak of the devil, I'm hearing them now!

Drove through a local park earlier, and they were even noisier. Lots more big trees there. Easily heard them even with the windows up and the A/C fan on high.

They're only getting started here, if the past is a good indication.

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Response to Wicked Blue (Original post)

Sun May 30, 2021, 01:16 PM

5. Been flipping cicadas struggling on the

Sidewalks around where I live. I also put them in the grass or on a tree so they won't get stepped on.

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