Photo Friday: the invasion has begun

Like aliens from some unknown realm

they dig their way to the surface

climb the nearest building, tree,

or truck tire.

There they latch on tightly,

and begin to split down the middle…

emerging as


For most of the summer they will buzz

in the heat of the day,

singing in waves across pastures

and through forest stands

calling, calling, calling,*

till they find the response

they were looking for.


Cicadas lie in the ground for 13 years and then emerge en masse.  Apparently, 2011 is the year!  This year marks the Magicicada XIX!

Just for fun:

A recent news story out of Tennessee about Chocolate covered Cicadas

AND, possibly more info, and videos, than you ever wanted to know about the curious little creatures  can be found… HERE!

*I took a drive to Collinsville, Alabama on a two lane highway (Hwy. 11) through the country.  Radio on, windows up, I think, “What is that noise?”   Turning off the radio and rolling down the windows I hear it…  Imagine multiplying  the call (linked in ‘calling’ above) by hundreds of thousands and you will know what I heard!  Amazing sound for a little one inch flying bug!

6 thoughts on “Photo Friday: the invasion has begun

  1. missusk76 says:

    Wonderfully detailed image, Lynda, and perfect focus. I love the smooth bokeh. Interesting post as well. I understand that they are a different insect, but you’ve reminded me of a few years spent in Nebraska as a kid and the sound of crickets at night. Unforgettable.

    • pixilated2 says:

      Ha! I had to look that one up! I had never heard of ‘bokeh’ until today when you used it. So, to better understand the term, is the ‘smooth bokeh” on the edges of the main subject (wings) or is it referring to the total background? (Help me out here) Thanks!

      As for crickets, well, I must say I prefer them to cicadas any day. They have a musical sound…
      Thank goodness the cicadas don’t go on and on into the night! 😉

      • missusk76 says:

        I’m referring to the blurred, out-of-focus area in the background. It not only helps to separate the subject, but has a lovely depth of colour and texture itself.

  2. Ginger says:

    Oh cicadas remind me so much of my mom. She told us kids about them for years and years. When they finally came back around I completely understood what all of the talk was for. Your photo is lovely as well as your post.

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