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#1 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:44 AM

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The 17-year periodical cicadas of Brood X are back in many areas of the east this summer. They've been slowly building up over the past few weeks, but yesterday their numbers really exploded. I wasn't much older than many of you youngsters on this forum the last time I saw this amazing phenomenon. What's really cool is that my son is getting really excited about them. He'll be 22 when they return.

 

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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

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#2 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:46 AM

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The alien invasion has officially started. That's crazy!!!!! 


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#3 Online ZTYguy - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:47 AM

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wow. That is why i'm glad to be in California.  I am terrified of mayflies so those things are my worst nightmare. It is pretty awesome though. 


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#4 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:50 AM

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wow. That is why i'm glad to be in California.  I am terrified of mayflies so those things are my worst nightmare. It is pretty awesome though. 

those giant mosquito looking things!?! Ahhhhhh!!


Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

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#5 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:52 AM

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Feel free to post your sightings here if you fall in the areas of Brood X!


 

wow. That is why i'm glad to be in California.  I am terrified of mayflies so those things are my worst nightmare. It is pretty awesome though. 

those giant mosquito looking things!?! Ahhhhhh!!

 

Mayflies don't look like mosquitoes. I think you're thinking of crane flies.


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#6 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:54 AM

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Feel free to post your sightings here if you fall in the areas of Brood X!


 

wow. That is why i'm glad to be in California.  I am terrified of mayflies so those things are my worst nightmare. It is pretty awesome though. 

those giant mosquito looking things!?! Ahhhhhh!!

 

Mayflies don't look like mosquitoes. I think you're thinking of crane flies.

you're 100% right. imagine drinking your coffee and finding one of those things at the bottom. 


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Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

Keeping:

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2021 - 8:56 AM

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I literally have one buzzing by me as I work from home in my living room. :lol:


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#8 Offline PetsNotPests - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:04 AM

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*Hides coffee under desk*


Ants are Pets, not Pests. 

 

Keeping:

-Camponotus sansabeanus

-Camponotus US-CA02

-Camponotus vicinus

-Monomorium spp.

-Pogonomyrmex californicus

-Solenopsis spp. 

 


#9 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:05 AM

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You guys are so lucky. Our brood won't emerge until 2024, which is Brood XIX. They had a few emerge early this year and the year before, but I can't wait until our main emergence in 3 years.


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#10 Offline Chickalo - Posted May 24 2021 - 9:44 AM

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Feel free to post your sightings here if you fall in the areas of Brood X!

I'll be on the lookout!  Do they come out later the more north you get?  Haven't seen any yet...  Also are these possible ant food?  Would be a gourmet for the ants, for this is only on the menu every 17 years!


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#11 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2021 - 12:35 PM

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They emerge when soil temperatures a few feet down hit 64 degrees, so that will be later the farther north you go. I have fed a few to my colonies. They annual cicadas are a lot meatier, though.

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#12 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted May 24 2021 - 12:37 PM

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Really? those things live in MA?



#13 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 24 2021 - 1:23 PM

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I remember seeing them when I lived in Boston in the 80s.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25  

Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.


#14 Online DDD101DDD - Posted May 24 2021 - 2:06 PM

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Really? those things live in MA?

According to maps from google this brood only extends up to New York, but other generations are in MA I think. The ones coming out this year are going extinct in New York according to this article though.   


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He travels, he seeks the p a r m e s a n.


#15 Offline SleepyAsianAnter - Posted May 24 2021 - 2:24 PM

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free ant food, why not


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#16 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted May 24 2021 - 3:52 PM

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Idk if that's sad or not when they go extinct in New york. They are cool but I'm not that big of a fan of them.


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#17 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 1 2021 - 4:37 AM

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After a brief chill, the brood is back in full force now. Yesterday was the most I've seen yet. To remember this event, I encased two dead cicadas in resin.

 

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#18 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 1 2021 - 5:54 AM

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I found the husk or whatever of a nymph on a tree one or two years ago. Is that normal?


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#19 Offline Chickalo - Posted June 1 2021 - 6:04 AM

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I found the husk or whatever of a nymph on a tree one or two years ago. Is that normal?

Maybe it was the annual ones?


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#20 Offline Chickalo - Posted June 1 2021 - 6:06 AM

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Well that's a bit sad, isn't it?


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