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Who Else Is Enduring The Cicada Serenade?

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  • Who Else Is Enduring The Cicada Serenade?

    They emerged here in Sullivan County, Tennessee about a week ago and are naturally creating quite a racket. None of the brood maps I've found so far predict a 2012 emergence for this area, although certain parts of Virginia and West Virginia well to the North and West of us are due for a 17 year emergence.
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    none out here in MT but had to post this song for you

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYzz_FhMmpI

    called ciccada serenade.....

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      Oh, I guess I'm weird, but I love it. It takes me back to my lazy childhood summers at my grandfather's cattle ranch. It's a peaceful sound to me.
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        #4
        Originally posted by lilitiger2 View Post
        none out here in MT but had to post this song for you
        , even though it's more irritating to listen to than the Cicadas!

        Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
        Oh, I guess I'm weird, but I love it. It takes me back to my lazy childhood summers at my grandfather's cattle ranch. It's a peaceful sound to me.
        You're probably referring to the Tibicen , AKA the "jar fly" or "dog day" Cicadas. Their intermittent ascending chrrr-chrrr-chrrr call during the heat of August is not at all annoying. I enjoy lying in the hammock with a cold one and dozing off to it.

        The ones we have right now are the Magicicada, or 17-year variety, and set up a loud, monotonous, high-pitched drone or whine that goes from dawn to dusk and becomes bothersome very quickly. Check out the link. They are interesting critters.
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        • #5
          Ah, didn't know there was more than one kind!

          Maybe you can record their drone and post a .wav file
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          • #6
            I love the "dog day" Cicadas... Brings back memories
            It's a small world -- unless you gotta walk home.

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              Originally posted by Sonesta View Post
              ...Maybe you can record their drone and post a .wav file
              Do a search on "cicadas". Some of the results should have professionally recorded clips.
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              • #8
                During the big-hatch & sing years, it can be deafening.

                But just think about it... cicadas have a great life. They sleep for years, hatch, sing, have sex and die. Perfect!
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                • #9
                  Sometime in the 90's central VA had a huge hatching of the 17 year cicadas. I was remarking to my elderly riding instructor about how annoying the constant noise was and asking how he dealt with it being outside all day. He said "What?". I thought he was being funny, so I answered back LOUDER the same questions. He held up his finger signaling me to hang on for a minute and turned on his hearing aid. I repeated myself in a normal volume and he laughed and said "I just turn my hearing aid off and I can't hear 'em."

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                  • #10
                    Love their singing, but when they sit in a branch over your head while you are relaxing in the shade reading a book....well, that sound is worse than standing next to a shrill 747 warming up! It is truly ear ringing to the point of pain!

                    So VA is supposed to be coming up on our 17 year cycle of those noisy insects, huh? Haven't heard any yet, but guess I better stock up on the soft foam ear plugs soon....

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                    • #11
                      I'm so glad I was lurking around today. I'm from CT and one of the Adult Leaders in my son's Boy Scout Troop is Dr/Professor that has studied and researches these and yes tracks them every year all over the World. I showed him this thread and he responded with this.

                      If you can respond on this thread, send them to www.magicicada.org. The TN emergences are totally unexpected, and I'm trying to figure out what they are. I'm particularly looking for information about emergences in 2008 and 1995, as well as ones this year!

                      Please feel free to check it out.
                      Lil'E Rox Farm
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                      • #12
                        none here yet

                        Tamara
                        Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
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                        • #13
                          In 2008 we had the XIII brood here. It was huge and noisy and we lost a few distal limbs on the trees. I'm not sure I'm ready to welcome them back!
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                            Information regarding the emergence has been e-mailed to the contact address listed in the magicicada.org website.

                            If you'd start another thread with the request in the title, you could probably get more information. The mods would surely let it stay around "purely in the interest of science" don'cha know.
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                              Originally posted by gothedistance View Post
                              Love their singing, but when they sit in a branch over your head while you are relaxing in the shade reading a book....well, that sound is worse than standing next to a shrill 747 warming up! It is truly ear ringing to the point of pain...
                              From Wikipedia:
                              Some cicadas produce sounds up to 120 dB (SPL),[12] among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds.[13] 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.
                              Jet aircraft at at takeoff generally range from 100 dB for the new noise abatement fanjets to 140 dB for fighter aircraft.
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                                I have a definite gap in my education when it comes to acoustical engineering. If a single cicada can hit 120 decibels, what's the noise level of a bunch of cicadas sitting on the same branch? I know the decibel scale is algorithmic: two cicadas singing a duet does not result in a noise level of 240 decibels. Additionally, the sound waves have the potential to interfere and cancel each other out. So, how loud is a branch of cicadas singing together?

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                                • #17
                                  Huh. I know it's the yearly varieties, but here in South Georgia, it seems like we have them from about now until ... Sept? October? It's daily and it's a nice reminder of 'Crap. Summer's really here.'
                                  The dude abides ...

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                                    Originally posted by carp View Post
                                    I have a definite gap in my education when it comes to acoustical engineering. If a single cicada can hit 120 decibels, what's the noise level of a bunch of cicadas sitting on the same branch? I know the decibel scale is algorithmic: two cicadas singing a duet does not result in a noise level of 240 decibels. Additionally, the sound waves have the potential to interfere and cancel each other out. So, how loud is a branch of cicadas singing together?
                                    It's complicated. Doubling the sound level results in an increase of 3 dB. But sound level falls off as the reciprocal of distance, and since two Cicadas can't occupy the same place at the same time, unless they're numping and finging* -- and besides, only male Cicadas chirp, so unless they're gay and like to brag about it while they're... well, you get the idea.

                                    *(Do Cicadas nump and fing?)
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                                      Originally posted by Frank B View Post
                                      It's complicated. Doubling the sound level results in an increase of 3 dB. But sound level falls off as the reciprocal of distance, and since two Cicadas can't occupy the same place at the same time, unless they're numping and finging* -- and besides, only male Cicadas chirp, so unless they're gay and like to brag about it while they're... well, you get the idea.

                                      *(Do Cicadas nump and fing?)

                                      What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

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                                      • #20
                                        Wed. I heard them in the woods behind the farm where I keep my boys. The lady that owns the farm thought it was some kind of machinery running We're in the Shenandoah Valley, VA.

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