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May 26, 2021 - 3:28 pm
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A brother just sent a photo of his yard, trees and garden. Cicadas! Said it sounds like a sci fi music score outside 24 hrs a day. He wanted to know how it was for his sibs farther north.

I told him that in a map in the news a few days ago, it showed them not in our statevery deep. The state on the southern border and just a tad into the southern part of our state, but not into it too deep. 

How bout you all?

The Bumblebee Flies!

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May 26, 2021 - 8:34 pm
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Haven't heard one, yet - and I can hear everything outside. (lol)

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May 26, 2021 - 8:55 pm
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My brother can keep them. No sharing is necessary. 😁

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They're cool! 

3000 species - some are very beautiful! 

They come in every color,

even multi-colored (Brazil & China).

The Japanese Minminzemi (wikipedia) - looks like living jewelry.

They don't hurt anyone, unlike some other insects I detest and they don't smell bad, like the Fish Flies (Mayflies, Shadflies) we get here. 

Might need to be prepared with some hearing protection, though. (lol) 

A symbol of rebirth, a delicacy (I'm NOT eating bugs), and part of some wonderful Chinese, early Greek/Roman and Hopi Indian mythology - even some French folklore!

Cicadas are seen a lot in Art Nouveau jewelry and design.  In France, cicada design was very big in Art Deco period jewelry and objects.  You'll find cicadas in Chinese art and jewelry, even everyday items. 

A necklace made of antique Chinese cicada sewing needle cases!

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/19/5d/00/195d005df73ddaa3676590041205185c.jpg

I have some nice carved stone, ceramic, a few cloisonne and some different metal cicada beads that I use on a whim for making jewelry - this would be a good year to make more. (lol)  I know I have some Japanese cicada buttons carved from boxwood, some Czechoslovakian glass cicada buttons, and an antique Art Deco cicada pin around somewhere, too. 

https://i.pinimg.com/474x/17/7b/c7/177bc7972118bdd3e17f2315cabc16a5.jpg

 

Guess it all depends on how you look at them. 

...too bad the ones we find here aren't this pretty. (lol)

- Emily

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May 28, 2021 - 8:46 pm
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So, no one on this forum has run across a cicada, yet - this year?

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Just my brother: as I said. Have you had more than the one you mentioned? Maybe it is not warm enough up here yet. 

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I haven't noticed them yet in the Chicago area.

The old curmudgeon!

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Guess there's some in Michigan - still nothing local. 😔 

Did find a "The Cicada Reel" by Ken Kolodner, though!  

The Cicada Reel

 

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...really nice Tune!  

- Emily 

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That was very cool, @ELCBK 

We did not get any, and I am happy with that. I don't think anyone did because someone would have filmed it and it would have been in the news. 

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Fishers Indiana area had the noisy critters appear today.

Mark

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@Mark -

So, using hearing protection, yet? 

Going to take a stab at the "Cicada Reel" with your fiddle? 

I still get a kick out of that one cicada that obviously died - right in the middle of Ken Kolodner's performance. 

Didn't anyone catch that?

...am I the only one who thought that was humorous? 😔  

 

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Cicada Art Nouveau Hair Ornament, by Georges Pierre - French, c. 1910 

 

- Emily 

 

Btw, I didn't realize, until recently, how special the cicadas of Eastern North America are, being 17 Year "Periodical" Cicadas.  Further south are 13 Year Periodical Cicadas - with only 7 species between the 2 types (they all look similar to those in the Cicada Reel video) and their emergence is synchronized.  There are also Annual Cicadas! 

I thought all cicadas came out every 17 years and just synchronized according to their location - how little I know. 🙄

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ELCBK

My daughter sent me a video of them at her place, so far I've not heard or seen them in person.

Unfortunately life is limiting my fiddling time, so when time allows I'm on working on getting 4 tunes up to snuff that are out of my pay grade plus one weekly rotating song I prepare to play from memory. 

 

Mark 

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@Mark -

Sounds like you've got quite the Fiddle challenge going for yourself. 😊 

Good thing you don't have to deal with a bunch of Cicadas!

I have been working hard on some, but they definitely need vibrato - I can't avoid it any longer. 😒

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We have TONS of them here in Northeastern Maryland. It is so loud, that I can hear their singing even with all the doors and windows closed. Under a tree in our yard, there are so many of the exoskeletons that they molt out of that it is literally creating a mulch. 

They are very clumsy fliers and frequently fly right into you. And they are everywhere....on my vegetable plants, in the grass, on the trees. In fact this could be an Alfred Hitchcock movie. Picture The Birds, but instead The Cicadas.

Fortunately they are very docile and don't bite or sting. We are almost at the end of their time above ground, and I will not be sorry to see them go!

Cyndie 

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