How Roselle Avoided The Cicada Invasion!

by Kathi Lachenauer

Never mind the improvement of the road infrastructure.

Think ‘saved by the drill’!

The 17-year resurgence of locusts due to hit Union County this past month was apparently sidetracked from most the Roselle area due to street and stream construction!

Nary a bug was found while towns like Westfield, South Orange, and Springfield numbered hundreds. Clinging to telephone poles, tree bark and fields, flying frantically through heavy traffic (if you didn’t close your car window, you suddenly found yourself with an extra passenger!) and creating a sound as eerie and haunting as any horror movie might produce.

The trucks, equipment and drilling above ground might’ve proved annoying to us but think of how the vibrations underground must have felt to a wary little insect due to start the last part of his life’s journey in a civilization alien to his own.


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5 comments for “How Roselle Avoided The Cicada Invasion!

  1. Buzz Cicada
    June 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Cicadas are NOT locusts!!!!!! The photo has nothing to do with cicadas!

    • astepabove
      June 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm

      Cicadas are often referred to as “17 year locusts” when they emerge in large numbers. The photo, whether it be of locusts or cicadas, depicts a large swarm of bugs which, at least in my own experience this year, is reflective (emphasizing how extreme an invasion of insects can become) of certain areas I had passed through.
      Regardless, I don’t think the photo is the point of the article. Hence, the title.

      • Buzz Cicada
        June 22, 2013 at 5:05 pm

        Forgive me, but we cicadas are erroneously referred to as “locusts” just as, once long ago, we were referred to as “flyes.” We are neither. In this article, despite the title, it states that it is reporting on “17-year resurgence of locusts,” yet links to an article that reports on the once-every-17-year emergence of the Brood II cicadas (not locusts). The photo is from the 1874 locust (not cicada) outbreak (just follow the link at the bottom of the photo); and since it is illustrating this article which references locusts, it is not irrelevant. The point being that credible journalism, even when employed in a puff piece such as this, should not further wrong and misleading information. Even I, a lowly cicada, knows that. Thank you!

      • astepabove
        June 24, 2013 at 7:38 pm

        I don’t think the writer is responsible for what a portion of their words link to (you would have to take that up with the website), but, as they say, never try to argue with someone who thinks they are an insect.

      • Buzz Cicada
        June 24, 2013 at 7:51 pm

        Well, buzz it all 😉

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