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Old August 5th, 2005, 09:37 PM
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Egad I really do learn something new every day!! I was totally aware of these big loud bugs.. The locals called them 'locusts' when we were growing up -- even though they're nothing like actual locusts... I suppose because they sort of invade and eat in massive swarms like the real thing. The street where I grew up was actually Locust Street. And we had nothing but huge pine trees in our yard -- full of cicadae at the end of every summer.

Which is exactly why I had no idea about the 17 year cycle! I suppose since the broods (can you call them broods?) were staggered over each year we never had to wait through a whole cycle to have a big swarm and just got invaded each and every year What a nifty thing to learn!

I also read somewhere they're the only insects known to actually 'sweat'. How's that for useful knowledge? Huh?

I think it's a she, Luba. I mean - she looks like a she. She's only got about a month to live... so make the name a good one. She sort of looks like a Jenny to me. Or maybe Margaret. Margie?
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. -- St. Francis of Assisi
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