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…
For most of the summer they will buzz
in the heat of the day,
singing in waves across pastures
and through forest stands
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:
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!