Thursday, May 09, 2024

Billions Of Cicadias

It's a Cicada year here. 
Outside is so loud with these super busy
 little awkward flying bugs.  
Two gigantic cicada broods, Brood XIX and Brood XIII,
have emerged in North Carolina from the ground after a long nap.
Because the two broods exist on different timetables, 
having them emerge at the same time is super cool and super rare.
Cicadas are short-lived and will only be around for about six weeks,
and they don’t overlap very often—221 years ago, to be precise.
The last time this phenomenon happened was in 1803
and won't happen again until 2037!!
So I welcome them with open arms,
and all their golden skeletons strewn on my lawn, in my garden, in
my flower pots, and hanging onto trees.
They really are magical little things.

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