April 14, 2013

Cicadas coming

Hearing aide wearers, be warned! And the rest of us too, because those noisy red-eyed wonders of the insect world are coming.

The 17-year cicadas will be erupting from their long underground lives to attract mates with their loud chirping. Entomologists predict that the Mid-Atlantic region will see these cicadas soon, with Pennsylvania and northern Maryland especially popular. I remember closing the windows in my non-AC classroom in Baltimore County many years ago in order to hear my students.

Virginians will hear the noisy insects too, as well as the sound of crunching under your feet.

But I suppose that they deserve to make a racket since they have been underground since 1996. So get ready for a noisy four to six weeks.