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Brood XIX from Wayside, GA

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Brood XIX from Wayside, GA

Hatch first noticed 4/22/2011. Son, federal agent, noticed heavy unusual armadillo digging around bases of hardwoods, a week before.

This hatch is not as large, or at least not as loud as 1998. We could not carry on normal conversations outside in 98. 98 grave side service had minster staining to be heard. Since 1998, 3000+ acres of mixed forest has been harvested around my home, and replanted in desert pines. The tree harvest and plowing for pine seedlings surely destroyed a lot of larva.

Curious about the numbers of hatching cicada, I scoured the ground with a leaf blower and setout out a square yard, and counted 72 exit holes, which could mean that there were 348,480 cicada per acre!!!!

Date Posted: 2011-05-05 Comments: (2) Show Comments Hide Comments


Posted By: Massachusetts Cicadas | On: 2011-05-05 | Website:

Hi Tom

Thanks for your cool photos. That square-yard grid is quite interesting. I'm sure if the calculations are accurate that's a pretty high number. Since it is still early on in the emergence I'm sure predators will get most of them.

Like you, I have been hearing reports that the emergence is slightly off from what people remember from 98. It will be interesting to know how things actually turn out in a couple of weeks though I would expect since you are so far south, that you are pretty-much at peak now or pretty close.

Thanks for the photos and data.

Posted By: Tom Payne Sr. | On: 2015-01-25 | Website:

I allowed use of these images on the condition a copy right and credit was included, to present a clean image I did not watermark them.

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