EVERY 17 YEARS
We have albino and "regular" but when the albino
ones dry out, they get to be dark.
This one looks like it has stunted wings, but it may be they're not dry
They're everywhere. They are very noisy flyers, and very noisy singers.
The funny thing is that their songs are not all at the same pitch. You
can hear different tones, and the noise is in waves. Interestingly,
some areas have no cicada sounds, while the next set of trees is full
of cicadas. Why?
stop singing at night, but start again as soon as it's dawn. It's
really a racket! We can hear them through the closed windows! Makes it hard to hear
The ground around my garden looks like Swiss cheese where they came
out. The birds &
squirrels (!) are having a field day. We even had seagulls here, and
we're 10 miles from the lake!
The cicadas are supposed to like maple and oak trees, which we have in
abundance, but they've been in my shrubs, too. They have slit branches
to the point where 6-8 inch sections fall off. They get down my shirt
and in my hair when I'm gardening. They splat into the fish pond. They
die by the billions all over the ground, their "shells" stick to leaves
and trees, & they smell TERRIBLE!
And we won't see them again for
17 more years.