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  •  Cheers to pre-cicadas (18+ / 0-)

    that I've been digging up in the last two years' pre-processing of my garden.  White grub-like things, about the size of a small cat turdlet or pencil-thick hairball, minus all that other stuff on the carpet.

    They seemed alive as I tossed them over onto the pile of new dirt + compost.  They sort of moved, sort of squirmed, but nothing else.  No squeals, no pleas to be left alone so they could sleep in another month before the big awakening that's supposed to happen any day now.  Given an actual live worm density of 1 per cubic centimeter (some > 6" buggers!), I was able to suppress the natural "eewwwww! grosssss!" reaction; tried to rebury them all as gently as I could.  I'll regret that soon.  I know I will.

    We're supposed to be a Ground Zero for the Hoard II emergence.  Haven't heard or stepped on anything that big yet, but it's early days.

    Will they eat my tomatoes?  My habaneras?  My squash?  My baby apple trees?  They can have the thousands of miniature oak trees in my lawn.  Too many acorns for even the deer, or the voles who ate all my squash last year, drat 'em!

    Where was I?

    (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

    by argomd on Fri May 10, 2013 at 05:12:49 PM PDT

    •  I don't remember that they actually ate (5+ / 0-)

      very much.
      But I would certainly throw cover sheets over the stuff that you want. My memories were just of insatiable leaf hunger, and a whole TON of ugly crunchy critters with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
      BTW- BiPWM, the only time I experienced a 17 year hatch, I was in Gambier. Gross. You were probably in MV then? '83 or 84?

      "Conservatism has (d)evolved from a political philosophy into a mental illness" Brett Freeman

      by rebereads on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:12:12 PM PDT

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      •  Aaargh! Time to tent the tomatoes! (0+ / 0-)

        Lived out west for the last three major hatches, deep down south for the ones before that.  Remember "June bugs", but nothing like what's forecast for this.  All I recall is the barrels full of ladybugs atop Kitt Peak in the early 1980s, so the swarming happens even in the deep desert (like locusts, I guess).  At least the lady bugs were harmless, but those orange "snow" drifts against all the buildings were icky nevertheless.

        Thanks for the wisdom.  I'll try to get prepared.  The heat and drought took most of my veggies last summer.  Don't know if I can deal with another existential blow again!

        (-7.62,-7.33) Carbon footprint 12.6 metric tons. l'Enfer, c'est les autres.

        by argomd on Sun May 12, 2013 at 08:20:25 AM PDT

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