The missing cicadas…

So we were supposed to be inundated by cicadas this year. Known as Brood II, they were going to emerge after a 17-year nap and take over the place. I remember a massive cicada “outbreak” when I was in high school — maybe 1987 or 1988. There were everywhere. So, I was sort of looking forward to them again this year.

But it has been a non-event for us. Wife of Mine and I live in Northern Virginia and the cicadas have been a bust. Not a peep from them around us. According to the Capital Weather Gang, they are appearing to the south.

This map shows cicada reports in the Washington, D.C. area as of May 19, 2013. (Kevin Ambrose/Kathryn Prociv)

A couple of weekends ago, though, I got a taste of them during an overnight camping trip to Shenandoah River State Park. They were out and about and — except for when it was raining — the cacophony was amazing.

Give it a listen:

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