Billions of cicadas, are expected to swarm the East Coast from New England to North Carolina this spring after remaining underground since the 1990s.
The Brood II cicadas are expected to appear in large concentrations along the East Coast between mid-April and late May, a ritual nearly two decades in the making.
Invasion: Billions of cicadas are expected to swarm the East Coast from New England to North Carolina this spring after remaining underground since the 1990s
En masse: The Brood II cicadas are expected to appear in large concentrations along the East Coast between mid-April and late May, a ritual nearly two decades in the making
‘Brood II is a periodic cicada that hatches out every 17 years,’ Craig Gibbs, an entomologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo, told CBS News.
The cicadas go through five stages underground feeding on tree bark and roots before they reappear above the surface.
‘What will happen is the nymphs will come up and they will shed their nymphal skin and they'll crawl up into the trees and they'll take about five days to harden and then they'll start for next four to six weeks calling and looking for mates,’ said Gibbs.
The bugs will begin to arrive throughout several states to breed as the ground warms to 64 degrees and hotter.
It's been awhile since I've heard the mating call of these insects Dennis. The 17 year cicada, we had these in Pennsylvania where I grew up. They do occur at some level yearly, you would find the empty shucks on tree trunks but only once every 17 years is there a mass event. When that happens it is truly amazing. Their matting call is a very high pitched buzzing, loud, really loud for a bug. They are large and solid bugs and when living back there, these were not the bug you wanted to get hit with while you were riding your KZ 1100 along the Nesbit Highway.................
Have fun with that. I've been thru 2 of them now, including one where both the 17 and 4 year hatched at the same time. Its straight up deafening. I will pull some videos off my phone from 2 summers ago when the 17 yr hatched. I had to yell at the dogs in the yard because they couldnt hear me over them. I will say though, the dry fly fishing was epic.
I remember the last big hatch here in southern PA. It was the best trout fishing I have ever had.....bar none! My Cicada fly is a a black and orange Bomber tied on a #4 streamer hook. I add 4 splayed ginger or dunn hackle as wings.
There's a popular Cicada hatch on the Green River. Boomer, a guide, came to our club and showed us his pattern. Here's a picture Frying Pan River Fly Fishing . Black and tan looks good. I agree with a Fat Albert or Turks Turantula also.
Wow it must be cool to see trout going nuts during a Cicada year! Although Ive never seen this I have seen the results on several warm water lakes and it was incredible!
The one lake imparticular had a heavily tree lined shore and everything would come up to gulp down Cicadas! Everything including Largemouths,Bullheads,Crappies,Pickeral and just about every panfish that could fit one in its mouth!
On a windy day when a bunch would get blown out on to the water it reminded me of a saltwater blitz because so many fish would be on top at one time!
Hopefully this cycle will produce similiar results then its worth all the loud chirping we will be hearing on a daily basis! If I remember right May is a big month for them.
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