What's the big deal with cicadas? Just the name of the sweet little bug evokes thoughts of falling asleep on a screen porch in the middle of the rainforest with the cicadas chirping and singing me lullabies. Sounds lovely, right?
But then it sounded a little less Tarzan of the Jungle and a little more like creatures emerging from the crypt, sprouting to life once every 13 years... Here's more from Discovery Magazine and Missouri Department of Conservation. And this clip and article here from a Belmont University professor discussing the emergence and life cycle of the cicadas
While they're mostly harmless,and from what I've read, we don't need to be too worried about them getting into our garden. Some of the reading mentions that they'll do damage to younger trees. Does this include our newly planted gardenias? And while I'm sure the mass emergence of a new food group has the local birds jumping for joy, hopefully their improved diet won't lead to any additional scrubbing of our cars and lawn furniture.
|the molted exoskeleton |
and the emerged cidada drying off
|newly emerged cicada drying off|
|Sunday morning - 1 exoskeleton|
|Thursday afternoon - droves of exoskeletons|