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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Cicada Serenade

The middle Tennessee hills are alive with the sound of Cicadas.
 
We are experiencing our first personal encounter with the 13 year cicada. And what kind of blogger would I be if I didn't share this rare occurance with you, my blogger friends?!

I saw my first cicadas of the year on May 9th. After spending 13 years underground they crawl out, latch on to a branch, leaf, blade of grass, etc and wriggle out of their skin.This one was hanging out on my lavender plant.

Eye to eye with the shell of his former self
In the next day or two we started seeing a LOT more of the cast off skins and could hear a gentle buzzing in the treetops. 


Poison ivy leaves seem to be a favorite spot
We had a couple rainy and cool days (evidently they prefer warm & sunny) which brought the critters down where we could see them - yes - there definitely are quite a few of them!!

Just hanging out waiting for sunny days

They are this ghostly white color soon after emerging from their skin. Kinda creepy!

Here's a sampling of the cicada's serenade we are treated to on sunny days.


video

As we understand it, the cicada's above ground life cycle is soon to come to an end. In the next couple weeks, after laying eggs the adults will die (I'm picturing piles of them under the trees and on the sides of the road, ugg) and the newly hatched babies will burrow underground not to emerge until May 2024.
Isn't God's creation fascinating!!




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3 comments:

  1. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [26 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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  2. Thanks for the file, Vickie. We had cicadas two years ago that were so loud!! Really just deafening at times. I can identify.

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  3. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Alpha(s),Word Art(s), Word Book(s) post on May. 29, 2011. Thanks again.

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