Cicadas Are Almost Gone

And what a mess they leave behind
By News Dude,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2007 8:01 PM CDT
Cicadas Are Almost Gone
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. (Read more cicadas stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X