I have seen more unusual insects the last few years than you can shake a stick at. Actually, I'll throw a couple of arachnids into that list as well.

And that list of insects would include, yes, a CICADA, something that will surely appear on lists of the most-uttered words of 2021 at year's end. Hey, there better than murder hornets--well, unless you have crops or plant life that would be susceptible to their appetites. Because really, the whole murder hornet thing didn't much pan out as we thought.

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But to be honest, I'm starting to wonder if the whole Brood X thing is going to pan out around here, as well. First of all, I have this now--I absolutely LOVE the term "Brood X." If that doesn't sound like a Marvel supervillain, I don't know what does.

But so far, I haven't seen any of our Brood X friends since the whole 17-year cicada thing blew up. And now maybe I know why. Take a look at this graphic from the U.S. Forest Service. Brood X is in yellow.

U.S. Forest Service
U.S. Forest Service

It looks like Indiana is their favorite state, not Kentucky. To add to my theory, I haven't talked to ANYONE who's seen one. Frankly, I was talking to two Hoosiers earlier today; they haven't seen any either.

I know they're out there; Ohio is having quite a time.

But we may not get them in Owensboro at all if that map pans out.

Oh, and by the way, that cicada picture at the top of the page? I took that a couple of years ago and I was in Kentucky--not around here though. It's called a Linne's cicada.

I guess Linne got left out of the Brood.

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