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Snap, Crackle and Crunch?

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

Not snap, crackle and pop, but more like crunch, crunch and crunch.

That's what it sounds like when walking around on the empty shells of the fresh brood of cicadas that have arrived in our area.

That's right, they're heeeere!

The droves of cicadas have begun in our areas.  And it's only just begun.  They have risen from their 17-year hibernation underground, climbing any nearby vertical structure (it doesn't have to be a tree), shedding their shells, and climbing as high as they can to signal for their love.

The males are singing for the females to find them, and then... well, then they will never call them again.  That's right...it's a one-night-stand.

Once every 17-years they venture out for a one night stand, and poof, they're gone.  The females are left to return to the dirt, lay their eggs, which will hatch and start the procedure all over again.

Crunch, crunch, crunch.

Posted by

 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email: Almay@aol.com

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

Just be glad it is cicadas and not Jeepers Creepers!!

May 24, 2024 02:02 PM
Michael Elliott

Jeepers Creepers was every 23 years!

May 24, 2024 02:08 PM
Alan May

I'm unfamiliar with Jeepers Creepers (other than the song).  Back when I lived in Jersey it was an invasion of Japanese Beetles.  I remember my mother paid me a quarter to pick a jar of them off of her roses.

I'm not really sure if she was paying me to save her roses, or if it was worth her while to have me out of the house for an hour?

May 24, 2024 02:24 PM
Michael Elliott

Alan it is my fave Halloween -time movie to watch, also Jeepers Creepers 2.  

May 24, 2024 02:57 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Alan- when we moved to Leesburg, VA in 2004, our agent warned us of the cicadas that were coming. Our home backed up to the woods so you can imagine the noises we heard. 

May 24, 2024 05:15 PM
Alan May

I hope it was just cicadas.

May 25, 2024 05:00 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You need to be a cicada to appreciate those harmonious melodies, all night long.

May 24, 2024 06:09 PM
Alan May

ain't that the trooth?

May 25, 2024 05:00 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
Transaction Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
Transaction Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

No sign of them here (yet), but we're well familiar with them from living on their turf for the last 33 years, enough time for various broods to have their noisy moments above ground.

May 24, 2024 06:20 PM
Alan May

consider yourself fortunate.

May 25, 2024 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Oh I remember well the cicadas! My husband and son went for a hike when they were out (in NY) and they shared the crunchiness of the walk!

May 25, 2024 05:01 AM
Alan May

It's nice to have sound effects on your walk, isn't it?

May 25, 2024 05:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

They have not yet emerged in our area. I am sure we will hear them soon.

May 25, 2024 05:45 AM
Alan May

I don't know what regions they're going to be in.

May 25, 2024 05:34 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon,

I certainly can hear that crunch, crunch sound after reading your post! We get some in Austin but nothing like what you get! I remember them growing up in upstate New York and the males seemed to try and outdo each other with their singing.... So loud!!

May 25, 2024 09:58 AM
Alan May

it really does get loud, doesn't it?

May 25, 2024 05:35 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Alan, our little plague hasn't arrived just yet. And I just know the goofy dog is going to want to pig out on them, probably resulting in a trip to the vet. 

May 25, 2024 02:59 PM
Alan May

The are very high in protein.

May 25, 2024 05:35 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I visited MOM last weekend. She lives in the woods, thus lots of trees for the cicadas to climb. Mom is nearly deaf, but she can hear the dastardly singing on those cricket-like creatures. Fortunately, I haven't heard them on my home ground... yet!

May 27, 2024 10:08 AM
Alan May

yep, they're pretty loud.

May 27, 2024 11:47 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

No cicadas where I live. I am so glad that we are spared that nuisance.

May 29, 2024 07:01 AM