Cicadas Are Almost Gone

And what a mess they leave behind
By NewsDude ,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2007 8:01 PM CDT
Cicada Shell   ((c) superhua)

(Newser) – The Brood XII cicadas have almost finished their every 17 year breeding frenzy.  And what a mess and odor they are leaving in their wake.  Chicago Tribune writer Ted Gregory describes the odor of dead cicadas as "somewhere between rotting raccoon and cut grass."

Most of the males are dead now.  Only the females are still around.  And even they will be dead by the end of July.  Then it's just another 17 years until we are revisited by the red-eyed insects.