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    Default Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    I live in Auckland and we hear the cicadas at this time every summer now that the temperature has warmed up. But this year they have not made an appearance and I wonder why?

    Are the cicadas making a noise at your place?

    I just wonder why they are absent. Does anyone have any clues?
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    I can hear some out my window. They stay underground for a few years as nymphs, dunno if that explains anything.
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    From Google:

    Cicadas have been distinctly missing from summer so far in 2021, but thankfully their disappearance is due to a natural process, which enthusiasts say is completely normal. ... Most people are unaware that cicadas actually spend most of their life underground, only coming above ground when it's time to mate.
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    Don't need no flamin' cicadas, tinnitus does the trick quite adequately for me.
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
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    Most people are unaware that cicadas actually spend most of their life underground, only coming above ground when it's time to mate.
    Quite a few people do the same

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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    Yes some species come out only on Prime number years so predators have little chance of synchronizing their breeding cycle to the cicadas. I think the phenomena is particularly spectacular on the east coast of America in some locations. Millions appear after 17 or is it 19 years, make a lot of noise then disappear after a few days and are not seen again for another 17 or 19 years, perhaps there is an 11 year cycle group as well, can't remember.
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    I listened to someone claining to have expert knowledge on the subject saying it was the heat/dry that has stopped them coming out.

    Apparently the burrows or whatever they're called have dried up and they can't eascape to mate and make noise.

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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    They're late is all....and as far as I am concerned they can stay buried.
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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zippity View Post
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    Cicadas have been distinctly missing from summer so far in 2021, but thankfully their disappearance is due to a natural process, which enthusiasts say is completely normal. ... Most people are unaware that cicadas actually spend most of their life underground, only coming above ground when it's time to mate.
    +1

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    Default Re: Have you heard the cicadas this summer?

    Just noticed them today for the first time.

    They sound pretty pissed too..

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