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May 25, 2015 8:59 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
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Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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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May 25, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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"!
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May 26, 2015 12:58 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
We've got crickets and grasshoppers. Thankfully, no locusts.
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May 26, 2015 6:50 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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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May 26, 2015 7:14 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
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)
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May 26, 2015 7:39 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
What Greg said I agree
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May 26, 2015 7:54 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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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May 26, 2015 9:16 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
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Our annual baby grasshopper invasion has begun a tad early. Blah...
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May 26, 2015 9:32 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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 !
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May 26, 2015 5:25 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
We have cicadas climbing up ever year, but I don't remember ever having an overdose of locust....
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