Tuesday, May 10, 2011
IF RATS, ROACHES AND KILLER BEES AREN'T ENOUGH, NOW THERE ARE "THEM!" THE CICADAS!
What have I done to deserve all these vermin? Answer me!
The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada, meaning "buzzer". Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 dB (SPL) "at close range", among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. This is especially notable as their song is technically loud enough to cause permanent hearing loss in humans, should the cicada sing just outside the listener's ear
As I returned to the rectory this morning, I was attacked by a cicada! After 13 years of being buried in the ground, they have emerged by the millions to do their thing and their offspring will go away for 13 years and emerge.
MILLIONS OF THESE EMERGE THROUGHOUT MACON AND ALL OF GEORGIA! THE ONE WHICH ATTACKED ME THIS MORNING!THEM!CLICK ONCE OR TWICE ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE!
They make a deafening sound that sounds like the giant ants in "Them!" It is almost like an electronic sound, but it is THEM!, CICADAS!
At about minute 2:30 you'll hear what the CICADAS! sound like!
Cicadas have a long proboscis under their head that they use for feeding on tree sap, and if they attempt to inject it into a person's body it can be painful, but is in no other way harmful. This sting is not a defensive reaction and should not be mistaken for aggression; it is extremely uncommon, and usually only happens when they are allowed to rest on a person's body for an extended amount of time.