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|
|Poison ivy leaves seem to be a favorite spot|
|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.
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!!