Friday, August 20, 2010

I've Been Waiting 17 Years for You!

A little while ago I posted about cicadas here, that zzzz zzzz you hear in the trees, and about how they develop for 17 years in the ground before emerging.  One day when I was eating lunch I was lucky enough to see one emerging from its exoskeleton.  I don't know about you but this kind of blew me away to think that this bug was an egg in the ground 17 years ago and I was seeing it emerge.  It would then climb into the trees, sing its buzzing song, mate and die.  It dried its wings for about half an hour before climbing into the tree.  I have never seen this process before yet I always find the empty shells.  There are thousands of these things in the trees out here!

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