Three cicadas crawled out of the ground and up the skirting on my deck.
There they changed from underground living to a life of flight. Living most of their lives underground from birth, I could only imagine what a thrill it would be to burst out of their old skin and newly formed wings, fly away to sing their distinctive song and of course mate and lay eggs for another cycle. Cicada (I have always called them locust but a true locust is a flying grass-hopper), depending on their species have varying life spans. Some only live a short period, most of it under ground. The average is about five years but I am sure you have heard of the seventeen year locust. These long and varying life spans insure their continued existence. Here is a picture of all three of them:
I know that they live off the sap of trees and bushes, but they are a unique species and I always enjoy seeing their old exoskeletons (I would think that is what they are called) and these three came out of the ground near my deck. I only heard them one time, but in the high humidity and high heat, I don’t spend a whole lot of time outside working. I am one of the spoiled people that Sixbears was talking about the other day, especially when it comes to air conditioning. Maybe I am just getting old. Anyway, have any of you had any cicada show up around your place so far this summer? You all have a great day now and try to stay cool, you hear?