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Old 07-04-2010, 11:27 PM   #1
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~Cicada~-p1050241.jpg It escaped!

One year when I was a kid summering in the country, my cousins and I collected these off the trees and put them on our clothes, wearing them all day. Did any of you do this too?
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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No, I didn't. But in Doug Tallamy's book BRINGING NATURE HOME, he has a picture of his eleven year old daughter with them all over her while she smiles at the camera, completely unfazed by them.
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Old 07-08-2010, 07:38 AM   #3
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Nooooo, bugs were not good things at our house - dad was a farmer, and bugs were villians. All bugs. Mom would have disinfected us after she removed them if we had thought of that. . .

Glad to see you didn't have a problem wearing ugly bugs as a kid.
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When I came to the South I was amazed how much noise they can make on a summer afternoon.
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Wow!
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Old 07-09-2010, 02:09 AM   #7
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When a friend from out of town came to visit during a year we had a large amount of cicadas he quite unexpectedly popped one of the empty shells into his mouth.
He said it made his lips kind of tingly and numb.
I guess this goes under the heading of stupid boy tricks.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:45 AM   #8
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The cicada's song is really quite loud --especially if there are a lot of them around. And there is nothing you can do about it except decide you are going to enjoy it.

It is quite pleasant--like frogs croaking on the twilight.

I didn't know about the chronic squirting though -- until I saw the video.
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Yeah, when I was a kid and the cicadas were at that part of their cycle, I think we didn't watch them do that - we were too busy collecting the exoskeletons from every tree!
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My hearings so bad I don't even hear them anymore....
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