One cicada, two cicada, three cicada, four.
Yes, we know that the cicadas are no more.
But KidsPost asked readers to count their cicadas and send in the numbers. Earlier this month, we tallied the results and here
are some of the most impressive. Thanks to everyone who listened to the buzzing, counted
the exoskeletons and just had fun with
the cicadas of 2004.
1. Georgia Lily Bussink of Laurel counted 612 cicadas in her yard -- and used some of them to spell out a message.
2. Melanie Wiggins, 10, of Arlington is pooped after counting. Over the course of about a month, she collected 8,345 cicadas.
3. Anna-Lisa Lawrence, 9, Sarah Lawrence, 7, and Tatiana Varela, 10, of Derwood did some pretty impressive science experiments, including putting a nymph into a jar to see if it would turn into a cicada. (It did).
4. The students in Mrs. Scholla's third grade at Chesterbrook Elementary in McLean, pictured, collected 2,784. They weren't the only class keeping track. Mrs. Keller's fifth-graders at Tuckahoe Elementary in Arlington collected 6,975 exoskeletons.
5. Cicada-mania seemed to pass right over Paul Pesnell's yard in Arnold, Maryland. He found just two cicadas in his 9,000-square-foot yard. Sorry, Paul.
6. The Carro sisters of Bethesda -- Sabrina, 10, and Amanda, 8 -- scored the highest cicada total of our census takers: They collected 18,000 cicada shells in their yard, and say there were more but they couldn't count them all. Maybe they can share some of their cicadas with Paul!