The return of the 17-year cicadas has Washington buzzing.
As usual, there are Haves and Have-Nots. Some Washingtonians have more cicadas than they know what to do with. Kids in the Stratton Woods neighborhood of Bethesda were spotted in recent days flinging them under moving cars. Up the road at the Avalon School, little boys in khakis and ties ran around the yard during recess yesterday, whacking at the bumbly buzzers with sticks.
Others have none. Marguerite Frecaut of North Bethesda has neither seen nor heard a solitary cicada in her townhouse yard. "I'm so disappointed," she says. "I was expecting so much."
Also experiencing Cicada Envy: an entomology student of the University of California at Davis who has enlisted the kids of Poe Middle School in Annandale to collect cicadas for him. Hallway posters read "Wanted Dead or Alive," resource teacher Linda Rieger reports.
And Mercedes G. Alonzo, an assistant attorney general for the state of Connecticut. "I love the sound of cicadas," she writes from Hartford. "It reminds me of childhood days in the D.C. area."
She adds: "I just find it very soothing and would like to locate a CD recording if possible." Did we hear her right?
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