Flying critters in Ohio – From Our Own Correspondent, BBC R4

Flying critters in Ohio – From Our Own Correspondent, BBC R4

Cycling across the United States I witnessed the mass hatching of a cicada species that appears for just a few days every 17 years. In this report I described how local people were reacting to the insects.

 

The sensation of an insect, about the size of a large prawn, crashing into my mouth and against the back of my throat, caused panic beyond anything I’d experienced before. I feared I had a wasp, a bee or even a hornet, gearing up to strike the base of my tongue. As the unknown critter buzzed nervously, my parched inner cheeks flinched and contorted.

 

I spluttered and growled as the animal wiggled and waggled across my back teeth. I was two and a half thousand miles into a 4,000-mile cycle race from America’s West to east coast – flat tyres, sun burn and dehydration were my usual causes for concern.

 

You can listen to the dispatch in this episode of From Our Own Correspondent. 

Date

May 23, 2016

Category

Radio