I lied!

So it turns out I DO have an update, albeit one completely unrelated to me or the babies (except very indirectly)… and one that mostly pertains to SW Ohio and Northern KY.

They’re baaaaaaack……………

Ahh, what a lovely site. (Ick!)

That’s right, the next Brood of 17-year periodic cicadas is set just a few inches below the surface of the Tri-State area, waiting for the soil temperature to hit the magical 62 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you live in Cincinnati, or were at our wedding :), you know of the motherload of all the 17-year Broods — BROOD X. The Cicadas that cycle on 17-year intervals were all given Brood names with Roman numerals, beginning in the 1800’s. Of all the groups that cycle together (15 or 30, depending on who is writing the article), Brood X is by far the largest to emerge anywhere in the world. And who is the luckiest area in the world, to receive the majority of the influx? That’s right, Southwest Ohio!

In 2004, if you recall, there were between 5 and 7 billion Brood Xers that ascended to take over our world (read: Cincinnati alone!) for about 6-8 weeks in May and June. In addition to this, there were an extra billion made up of smaller broods, including about 1 million Brood XIVers that can only count to 13, and arrived a few years early. {Apparently, people get really into these creatures and know exactly who belongs to what brood, based on species, age, etc}. Ahh, the memories. Something like 7 or 8 billion bugs literally covering buildings, cars, trees, homes and – at times – faces(!) throughout the area. Countless articles on Cicada Recipes (they’re a delicacy, according to anyone dumb enough to try them!), protecting your young plants from the invasion, and protecting your cats and dogs from over-indulging. Again, yuck. Thank goodness, this mega-group won’t come back until 2021. That gives us plenty of time to prepare mentally.

And yet, any day now, we will start hearing the familiar singing of the male Cicada, and – at least at first – be on guard for an invasion similar to the one so fresh in our memory. Have no fear, Tri-Staters! Brood XIV is small – TINY, in comparison to Brood X. Take away 1 million or so that came ahead of their relatives and are already 4-years gone, and the anticipated influx is only about 1-2 billion. Also, if you’re in Cincinnati, there is more good news — Kentucky is the hardest hit with this brood, out of the whole US! Northern Kentucky, and actually about 85% of the state(!) will see a lot more of these harmless but oh-so-ugly creatures than we will this time around.

I laugh when I think about the number of wedding vendors calling us to ask if we had any intention of canceling or rescheduling our big day on account of these stupid bugs. I recall articles with some vendors literally closing for the season or filing bankruptcy because outdoor event planning was at such a minimum during May and June of 2004. This year, I anticipate much less hoopla, considering the numbers (especially in Ohio) are so much lower for this brood. Still, I have a vague recollection of 1991, the last time we saw this group. I was young, but I CERTAINLY got lots of exposure to the little, dumb aphids.

Which brings me to another revelation. Why is it that Kyle and I are on the same cycle as these daggone things? An early summer wedding where Cicadas significantly outnumbered our invited guests, and now the Spring/Summer arrival of our little girls, with the next group of Cicada cousins creeping into all of our outdoor trips and photo ops. Let’s see…. in 2021, the girls will be 13. What should we plan for that summer? Maybe we should just have a cicada party, where they are the guests of honor. It would keep them from just being a distraction!

And don’t worry. In 2025 when the offspring of this years Brood XIVers make their appearance, it seems we’ll likely have a high school graduation party or something, so that one is covered. 😉

Comments

  1. There’s currently only 15 remaining (as in not extinct) Broods — 12 are 17 year broods, and 3 are 13 year broods.

  2. Thanks! I was confused as to why some mentioned 30, but wasn’t putting that much research into it. I appreciate the clarification 🙂

  3. I definitely thought upon first reading this that we were going to have the seemingly uncountable numbers flying around again this year. 😉 I remember the last time, because I was at track and field day, trying to do a one-hundred yard dash through cicadas … it was most pleasant. 😉

    That is odd about your schedule though. I’m glad you have your life planned out accordingly with the cicadas: it keeps things very interesting. 😉

    I’ll see you soon! 🙂

  4. You’re too funny, not an easy thing to do on such a horrible topic! I hope that you’re keeping your spirits up, I know it must be difficult. Are there not a gazillion books that you’ve always wanted to read but haven’t had the chance? Have you read the “what to Expect When Your Expecting Series?” Those were my lifeline here! I recommend them wholeheartedly, even if only a glance of them from the library. Have a great day.