Do Brood X cicadas have the highest known density of terrestrial animals?
Certainly many species of mites have densities that far exceed those of the cicada. I have counted in excess of 700 rust mites on 20 hemlock needles. So, I think cicadas are not even close. • Where are the cicadas in Pasadena? I think your statement that Pasadena was once a beach probably says it all. These guys don’t seem to be found in sandy coastal soils very much. If Pasadena was once under water at some time during the last 10,000 years or so, then the cicadas probably were eliminated and may not have found their way back. It could also be that there were never any cicadas there at all. Perhaps, as time goes by they will be able to set up shop in your community. We will have to wait and see. • I heard as they die, they smell. Is this true? We all smell when we die. • How do I get rid of the smell? Should I sprinkle them with lime? Unfortunately, there is not a whole lot you can do about the smell, except to rake or shovel up the dead bugs and throw them on a compost heap or in the