Comments: Horrible Insect Swarm to Ruin Trip

Well into June, my friend. Heh, it should be really interesting though. Loud, but interesting.

Posted by simon from jersey at May 12, 2004 09:24 AM

Ben -- you grew up in Michigan -- you don't remember the last time this happened? Granted seventeen years is a long time, but we were eleven or twelve years old back then. Anyway, (1) even though Michigan is definitely prime seventeen-year cicada stomping grounds, I don't remember it being that bad, and I think they hang around for a couple weeks before mating and dying. Besides, there are other forms of ciacadas that are around every summer, making that same buzzing sounds -- these particular ones are just a bit louder.

Posted by Geoff Brown at May 12, 2004 09:26 AM

Six weeks, my friend. Six long, disgusting weeks!

Posted by Allison at May 12, 2004 05:11 PM

Dear God in Heaven.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at May 12, 2004 06:44 PM

Well, I don't think it's so bad as you all seem to be. Granted, I'm a biologist by training, but I also hate bugs. So if I'm not worried, people ought to calm down a bit. Although I have read articles cautioning people to monitor their pets' consumption of the cicadas, which are apparently tasty, protein-rich morsels to our four-legged friends, but they are also high in chitin (the stuff which makes up the exterior of bugs, shrimp, etc) and many pets can get digestive problems if they ingest too much chitin. So there is that.

Posted by Geoff Brown at May 13, 2004 09:58 AM

Never mind the pets' indigestion -- what happens if I inadvertently swallow a bunch of them as they swarm around me in a malevolent manner? Well? What then? Then I'm in REAL trouble!

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at May 14, 2004 09:51 AM