Hey Owensboro, If You Haven’t Seen Any Brood X Cicadas, I May Know Why
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.
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.
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.