The Cicadas are coming! The Cicadas are coming!
They’re baaaaack! Wild and crazy Cicadas, known as Brood II, are on their way.
Brood II sounds like the name of a horror film. Fitting for insects with red eyes, orange wings and black bodies that live underground and only emerge above the surface every 17 years.
Cicadas are expected to show up in Connecticut anytime now through mid June, and the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) wants us to know we have nothing to fear. But do we?
Unique insects, Cicadas live underground for most of their life cycle, but every 17 years their nymphs emerge from the ground and transform into short-lived adults. The DEEP says Cicadas do not bite or sting, nor do they damage garden plantings or trees. We may see the red-eyed bugs laying eggs in small twigs, and we’re advised not to destroy them with insecticides.
Cicadas, apparently, are picky. They don’t show up JUST ANYWHERE, only in certain locales in the mid-Atlantic. So we don’t inadvertently miss them in Connecticut, the DEEP advises heading to Hubbard Park in Meriden, Ragged Mountain in Southington and Berlin, and Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, for our close encounters.
How to find Cicadas? No problem, you’ll hear them before you see them. Here’s what Cicadas sound like, according to Cicada Mania. Yes, Virginia, there’s a website called Cicada Mania.
Scientists are downright giddy over the re-emergence of the “synchronous” Cicadas. Yeah, yeah, yeah, they make it sound so wonderful. Like nature’s gift to us. Perhaps I should break out the Grey Poupon for the little buggers?
The synchronous mass emergence, lengthy life cycle, and large male choruses of periodical Cicadas have amazed scientists and laypeople for centuries, according to the DEEP.
Ugly, wacky bugs that look like Jeff Goldblum in The Fly are going to infest my yard and get caught in my windshield wipers and I’m supposed to be amazed and swoon?
The last time these Cicadas appeared in Connecticut was in May and June 1996. I don’t remember them then. Hopefully, I won’t remember them now.
Want to see some live Cicadas? The science channel has set up a live Cicada cam showing them frolicking around a miniature White House.
Expect the unexpected? Indeed.