Anyway, here is one of the lovely creatures. Please notice the red bulging eyes.
Here are several of the shells on one of our trees. The one in the middle is hatching. Or whatever you call it when it comes out of its shell.
Here is another picture of some of the shells. We have many large trees on our two acre property. They are this thick on every tree and fence.
Then, they mate. The male cicadas make a sound to attract the females. This sound by itself is not very loud but when you get the hundreds and hundreds of them together it can reach up to 85 decibels. In case you don't know, that is very loud!! Louder than a jet airplane. They only make this noise for about 10 hours a day. The mating period lasts about four weeks.
After they mate, the females lay their eggs in trees and then they die. Oh my, do they die. They land dead everywhere. I sweep hundreds off my front deck every day. They are all over the yard and guess what? As they decay... they smell! It stinks so bad.
The cicadas in this picture of my front deck are alive. They crawl back and forth down this rail all day long.
About six to ten weeks after the eggs are laid, they hatch into tiny nymphs about the size on an ant. Then they crawl underground and live for thirteen years until the cycle starts all over again.
I have just the last couple of days been noticing a decrease in the number of cicadas on my porch and also a slight lowering of the decibel level. I am hoping they are on their way back underground. I will be marking my calendar for May/June of 2024 so I can go on a long vacation!!