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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Muddymitts
May 25, 2015 8:59 AM CST
They're here.............

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There are hundreds and hundreds of *shells* under the maple tree and pecan tree -- and they're still emerging. Sad It's the year for the 17-year locust emergence. I can hear them howling in the wooded areas surrounding the nearby crop fields. Sigh. How long does this last? Six weeks sticks in my mind.................

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 25, 2015 9:32 AM CST
That's about right, MaryAnn . We have *some*, of course, every year, and I think '06 was our "big" year for them, so we have a ways to go before another "Invasion"!
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
May 26, 2015 12:58 AM CST
We've got crickets and grasshoppers. Thankfully, no locusts.
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Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 26, 2015 6:50 AM CST
crowrita1 said:That's about right, MaryAnn . We have *some*, of course, every year, and I think '06 was our "big" year for them, so we have a ways to go before another "Invasion"!


Arlyn -- I thought the 17-year cycle thing was a national event...............????
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
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Misawa77
May 26, 2015 7:14 AM CST
We have the 17 year and the 13 year type in Maryland (there are other groups but they are not so big and come around more often)
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 26, 2015 7:39 AM CST
What Greg said I agree
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 26, 2015 7:54 AM CST
So Arlyn -- what type do you have there in Illinois this year?

I remember several years back, that the east coast was buried in them -- couldn't walk on the sidewalks without stepping on them. Ugh!!! We didn't have that here, that year..........

So Greg -- are you *on* one of the years this year?
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 26, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Our annual baby grasshopper invasion has begun a tad early. Blah...
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
May 26, 2015 9:32 AM CST
I'm not sue just which "brand" these usually are, Mary Ann ! But I do remember the "invasion" of '06 ( I think it was '06, anyway Confused ), as we spent a lot of time at a local campground that summer, and the place was crawling with them....several Universities had "study groups" of students there, collecting, studying, photographing, etc. It was kinda' neat to see, and to watch the rascals dig themselves out of the ground, and crawl up the tree trunks !
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 26, 2015 5:25 PM CST
We have cicadas climbing up ever year, but I don't remember ever having an overdose of locust....
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