Cicadas arrive in the Wabash Valley

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PARIS, Ill. — As warmer temperatures have arrived, the soil has reached perfect temperature for cicadas to make their resurgence to the surface after being underground for 17 years.

Tabby Flinn, Agriculture and Natural Resources educator at the Vigo County Purdue Extension says darker and richer soil areas are common places for cicadas to call home over the next few weeks.

“Areas like West Terre Haute where they’re heavily forested,” said Flinn. “They have a lot darker richer soil that’s holding that heat a lot better. They’re really popping up around Saint Mary’s and then up at Hawthorne Park.”

Finn says she has also heard of people doing chocolate covered cicadas as well as baking them into brownies.

“I have eaten them myself. They are kind of crunchy,” said Finn. “I would caution against eating them if you have something like a shell fish allergy and then you want to avoid eating things like wings and legs.”

One Paris, Ill. couple says the amount they’ve seen thus far is more than they experienced 17 years ago.

“We lived in a different place then. In a different house here in Paris and we had minimal,” said Carol Wimsett. “This is the most we’ve ever seen. We have one Maple and three Birch and for some reason they have congregated on these four trees,” said George Wimsett.

George says he has noticed a noise they make for most of the day but once the sun begins to set, the noise disappears.

“The last five days its become more pronounced as I understand it’s just a deterrence for birds because once an evening, once the birds start nesting the sound dissipates,” said George.

Carla Wimsett says because it’ll be another 17 years before they see them again, they’ll just enjoy them for now.

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