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The 17 year Cicadas are coming.

To Ohio, PA and other "Lucky" locals. Not only are the big, ugly and noisy BUT if you happen to ride a motorcycle hit them is like getting shot! These sucker are BIG and HARD. So you have another reason to wear your gear.


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Yikes! All the more reason to have a decent touring windscreen.
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NY got them a few years ago.

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that is a typical summer bug in Australia.

Love finding their casings clinging to things all over they yard.
Also found them clinking to my bikes and car.

I pity the cruiser rider :P
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To Ohio, PA and other "Lucky" locals. Not only are the big, ugly and noisy BUT if you happen to ride a motorcycle hit them is like getting shot! These sucker are BIG and HARD. So you have another reason to wear your gear.

Has it been 17 years already? Seems like only yesterday...
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My cat loves to torture these buggers. Good for about 20 minutes of simple minded entertainment...
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Seems we hear about the 17yr cicadas about every 3-4 years.
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that is a typical summer bug in Australia.

Love finding their casings clinging to things all over they yard.
Also found them clinking to my bikes and car.

I pity the cruiser rider :P
Yea I got hit by a bumble bee on my KTM doing about 55 or so across a farm field.. hurt like hell, cant imagine no face shield and taking it across the face at 75, might have taken me off a bike.
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There are multiple swarms, depending on where you are in the US. They're all 17 year, but there's a large swarm just about every year *somewhere*. This is the big one though, and the one that affects the most people geographically, and the one with the largest overall bug count. So...fun.
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I hit one back in college...and being in college I was cool and unbreakable...so only a brain bucket T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. Hit one of those suckers...or some other bug right in the meaty part of my shoulder...I pulled his legs out of my skin...and the welt and itching was off the chart.

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Seems we hear about the 17yr cicadas about every 3-4 years.
there are annual, 11, 13, and 17 year cicadas. within those groups there are different broods that hatch on a different cycle depending on region.

one of them hatched a month before my wedding in 2004 in MD
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