Monique Perkins, Baltimore: I'm considering planting some rose bushes and azaleas. Will the cicada destroy them?
Stroh: Flowers and shrubs are usually safe, since cicadas do most of their
living and loving in tree limbs. Only owners of young, newly-planted trees
need to be concerned.
Roylance: There will be more as May goes by, and more of them will be
singing. There should be quite a racket by the 30th.
Rob, York, Pa: Are cicadas good bait for fly fishing trout?
Roylance: You bet. If they're not already stuffed, the fish will love 'em.
Annette Klein, Baltimore: Do the cicadas make their horrendous noise only
when the sun shines? Does the noise last from sunrise to sunset? Is it less
on cloudy days?
Roylance: Cicadas are less active at night, and thankfully they'll quiet
down in time for people to go to sleep. Cloudy days won't make much
Father James McCurry, O.F.M. Conv., Ellicott City: I really do not have a
question; however I wrote a wee limerick about the cicada, and thought you might enjoy it. Here goes:
"There was a cicada named Ada.
It sat on my roasted potatuh.
At lunch as I munched,
I heard a big crunch.
Poor Ada Cicada! I ate huh!"
Thank you for your questions.