Year of the locust

Discussion in 'The Rural Life' started by Iddee, May 2, 2011.

  1. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Are you serious? Look at the size of those buggers! :shock:
    May have to rethink this moving near there thing.
    On another note, do they make good bait? :mrgreen: Seems to me the price is right.
     

  3. Iddee

    Iddee New Member

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    Only once every thirteen years, and bass love them. Com'on down....
     
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    I've found a lot of their moulted shells in the last week or so, but haven't seen any of the critters. With those red eyes...I'm kinda glad...eeek! :eek:
     
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    I like to tie kite string to their legs and let them fly around like that. they buzz really loud when you do that. :mrgreen:
     
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    Cicadas! I remember them from my time in Cincinnati. I recall they can be VERY loud. The local pizza chain, "Snappy Tomato Pizza," used to put out a joke ad about "Snappy Cicada Pizza" every 7 or 13 years when they came out.
     
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    Hey, XLB!
    I never used a locust, but we used to do that to Junebugs all the time when I was a young'un.
     
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    Cicadas, is that what that is?
    We call them "hay makers", they only make that loud noise when it is real hot and still. Never seen one though! Ugly buggers!
     
  9. Iddee

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    I think you're referring to what we call a July fly. It is a cicada that comes out every year. Not as many as when the 13 or 17 year ones come out. The 13 and 17 make noise all summer, in such numbers that you can't miss seeing them. They can devastate crops in a bad year.

    Any of them make great fish bait...
     
  10. G3farms

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    We call them jar flies, and they sure do make a racket. Have not seen any so far this year. They lay their eggs on twigs which fall to the ground, nymphs live in the ground and eat on tree roots until the craw out of the ground up on trees and then molt.

    The only problems they cause is damage to young trees by eating away at their roots.
     
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    They are all over us this year also. Thousands of their molted shell stuck to every thing possible. I've found several on my hives.