Out of the Frying Pan posted a link to Kill a Rat, and 100 other things to do this year:
17 Go and see the locusts. 2004 is the year that the 17-year locust emerges across the United States. Millions of them – they’re actually a type of cicada – will make a loud, creepy buzzing sound all summer, breed, and then disappear for another 17 years.
I left Virginia, a beautiful state, seven years ago. Approximately a decade prior to that, as I was sweeping cicada husks several inches deep off my front stoop so that we could walk out of our house without crunching, I remarked to my husband that if we were going to move, it might be nice to do it before the next brood uprising.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to be in Colorado.
Oh! I missed that one! Must be my enthusiasm for rat killing… ;-) But it _is_ a pretty good reason to be in Colorado, all things considered.
I was told that this cicada ate all the green vegetation it could find. Is this true?
I hope the above info is correct and that this particular bug does not devour all the green vegetation it can find. I have been rather spooked by the thought.
Yeah! Check it out: Cicadas, Quick Facts
I love the Colorado extension service.
General deforestation was not the rule the last time round – I think most greenery is safe.