Has It Been 17 Years Already?

How many of you are in 17-year Cicada zones? We didn’t have many at first, we thought because most of the commercial and residential development around here happened about 15 or 16 years ago, so we figured they needed one more cycle to populate this area, however they have either migrated from other areas, or were just slow digging themselves out of the ground, because now they are everywhere! Wherever there are trees, there are always dozens cicadas in the air, and hundreds perched in each tree. Whenever you drive anywhere, you usually end up with about six or seven of them splattered across your windshield, or mutilated inside your grill. The males make a somewhat eerie hollow buzzing type sound which I think has been used in several B horror films, and can be heard all the time, whether you’re inside or out. They are, of course, harmless, and apparently nutritious, too, as the local paper has published some interesting 17-year Cicada recipes. As you can see from the picture below, they are also quite friendly and even loving. I caught these two out on my deck early this morning, holding hands, enjoying the romantic view, gazing into each other’s beautiful red eyes. They are apparently making the most of their only summer above ground.

You can learn more than you ever wanted to know about 13-year and 17-year periodical cicada here.