- Posted June 4, 2013 by
Southern Maryland, Maryland
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Sights and sounds of the 17-year cicadas
Cicada Love Song 1996 to 2013
'We started hearing the hum around the 10th of May, by the 15th,' she said. 'They were all over the county and very, very loud, like a gas saw. They seem to be moving a little more north now that June has arrived. They are still very loud and annoying, though. The song starts out like a hum and as all the other males join in to attract a mate, it gets louder and louder. They all join in from all around the area, trying to out-sing each other. They have not changed our life so far in 2013 like their parents did in 1996. That was a nightmare, as explained in the post.'
- nsaidi, CNN iReport producer
We were stationed and living on Andrew's Air Force Base, outside Washington DC, during the 1996 invasion of the Seventeen Year Cicada. At first it did not seem so bad. We would see a few ocassionally and hear a soft buzzing hum. Little did we know the hum would grow to out do Air Force One and the other jets and planes on the base. We literally had to carry umbrella's to get to the car. This was necessary to ward off being smacked in the head or face. Having three squealing teenage daughters living at home and one brave son was always a laugh. The trees around our house and all trees on the base were covered .Our patios and porches had to be swept every evening. Trying to watch the television or have a simple conversation was impossible.
We made it through some how, even with squealing teenage girls
2013, Seventeen years later, the off -spring from that May and June Cicada love fest have emerged, once again.
Same story, seventeen years and six grandkids later.
Although our little town has not been invaided as badly as those to the south of us, we can still hear the cicada song , spot the empty shells in the trees and have them crashing into the car windshield.
Janie Lambert Southern Maryland
Photos various empty shells, emerging Cicada and video clip of the Cicada song.