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    our outbreak was 2 years ago too. we really couldnt take a step without stepping on one
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    we never have "outbreaks" here just a few every year.................last summer(or was it the summer before that?) when i was out of town visiting some relitives for a sorta mini family reunion at a park in Miles City, MT(3ish hour drive from here to the southwest) it happened to be the day when they were coming out of the ground and i got to see a handful of them up close for the first time......not what i would call a swarm but in about a block there were a couple dozen out and on their way up the trees to molt and start drying out getting ready to make a racket..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by nepenthes gracilis View Post
    Technically 17 year cicadas aren't every 17 years, they are EVERY YEAR! lol 17 year means just the time it takes for a generation to grow and mature to egg layers, so every year you have a new generation coming up.
    WRONG! I think. I'm pretty sure they stay underground for 17 years, then come up after that time, when the ground reaches a certain temperature. This year is Brood XIII for us, and there are 13 broods.

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    There are annual cicadas called dog day cicadas that do not emerge in a synchronized fashion. There are also several 13- year species. The 17-year species emergence map is as follows, though it is a bit old, the distribution is the same



    periodical cicadas do not extend west past the great plains. Only dog-day cicadas occur west of the great plains


    While the familiar green-and-black Dog-Day Cicadas are present every July and August in small numbers, the Periodical Cicadas appear, simultaneously, only once in seventeen years in any given area.
    that makes no logic

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    Quote Originally Posted by abcat1993 View Post
    WRONG! I think. I'm pretty sure they stay underground for 17 years, then come up after that time, when the ground reaches a certain temperature. This year is Brood XIII for us, and there are 13 broods.
    Well if you think I'm wrong then you cannot possibly be 100% sure either, so research it and get some facts to back up your "I'm wrong statement". I took entomology and thats what we discussed in there, in depth, so thats my evidence.

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    I know someone on another forum who had just finished planting a huge number of fruit trees he had grafted a few winters ago and then he learned it was his area's year for periodic cicadas. The cicadas hit those little trees hard and he had to regraft onto a lot of the rootstocks.
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    There ARE cicadas every year tho right?? I'm a tad confused by that there distribution map

    I know we always have plenty of them, enough to have one or two in each tree, but as far as I recall I've never experienced any "swarms" of them or anything.
    I do think they're really cool tho- I also take a guilty enjoyment from seein a little sparrow struggling with a fighting cicada and hearing that "Brrt...Brrt..Brrt" sound they make when they're getting eaten by birds (or fighting with them at least) I think they're getting older by the time the birds start catching them usually tho
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    i think the way the Periodical Cicadas work is that outbreaks occur ever 17 years. the reason we get a few every few years or so is because of some oddballs that stay under for more than 17 years or less than 17 years. i used them for fishing bait last year and i de-winged one and fed it to my tarantula. yumm!
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