Word on the street is that Brood II is on the move and heading toward Connecticut. I’m talking Cicadas. You know, those big, swarming
monsters bugs with three red eyes, four wings, six legs, a wing span of one to six inches and years of energy stored up after percolating in the ground for almost two decades (17 years to be exact). Trust me, you’ll know them when you see them. Masses of these bugs are currently invading cities and towns up and down the East Coast of the United States, blocking out the sun and earth (no, really) and taking over the airwaves with their shrill, love drunk mating calls. According to WNYC’s Radiolab Cicada Tracker, over 20 reports have been logged from folks across Connecticut who report seeing or hearing the giant insects. Many more observations are expected in the next few weeks because where there’s one…there’s many.
Never fear though, even though the clumsy bugs might land on you or bump into you, cicadas won’t hurt you. They do not sting or bite – they are lovers. Literally. After spending 17 years underground, their sole purpose is to attract a mate and make babies. The lifespan of an adult cicada is only a few weeks long, assuming a cat, bird or other predators don’t eat them right out of the gate. In your lifetime, you may only have the opportunity to see or hear the Brood II cicadas a handful of times. My advice to you is to go out and find them, if they haven’t found you first. And if you’re in the market for a new computer, don’t miss out on the dead cicada discount from a Washington-area technology refurbisher. That’s a discount that only comes around once in 17 years!