The 17 year plague returns

Mar 16, 2004 • 2 minutes to read

Do you remember 1987? In the US, Whitney Houston’s “I want to dance with somebody“ and U2’s “With or without you“ were at the top of the charts. Michael Douglas won the academy award for Best Actor for Wall Street, and Broadcast News took home Best Picture. I was but a gangly 10 year old lad at the time, but I still remember them, hundreds, thousands, millions of them, everywhere, in your hair, in your food, in the air conditioning vents, everywhere - The 17-year cicadas (pic). Quote from the WP article

“Periodical cicadas, who’ve been underground for 17 years, will tunnel out of the ground, fling their winged bodies through the air and sound off day and night. Bug experts say their coming will be of biblical proportions.”

Biblical proportions eh? Too bad I’m on the west coast and won’t be able to witness the swarms.

The Tennessean has more information and gives a good personal view of what its like to interact with cicadas (its not pleasant). For those of you who like Fear Factor, you’ll be delighted to know that the 17-year cicada is considered a delicacy and you can find several recipes online. Bloggers who live in the MD/DC/VA area should take pictures and share online for all to see…


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