17-Year Cicadas

March 15, 2004 By: Marshall Cutchin

My brothers and I, while growing up in South Carolina, could hear the loud call of male cicadas on most warm summer mornings. Perhaps the species there were broods with short cycles, like the Tibicen or “dog day” cicada. Or there were lots of broods. Or both.
In any case, cicadas can be an important trout food source in places, particularly in places like the Green River in Utah. If you care to learn more about cicadas and their unique reproductive strategies, as well as whether your location is due for an emergence this year, there’s a Web site called “Cicada Mania” that will probably scratch your itch.