I wonder about the Cicadas. Their life cycle just fascinates me. They are all over my area – the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia.
I truly wonder why God created certain things, like slugs and cicadas. They seem to have no purpose to me – and are annoying - and yet they thrive!
Last week there were a few of them – this week they’re literally dripping off the trees and clinging to anything and everything. I went out and came into my house and one flew right in!
Dr. Daniel Frank, Entomologist Specialist at West Virginia University sums up the lifestyle of cicada’s perfectly:
Have you heard of Brood V? Brood V is a group of periodic cicadas that will be appearing throughout much of West Virginia in 2016. These cicadas will be emerging in mass from the soil where they have spent the last 17 years sucking the nutrients from tree roots. From May through June the adult male cicadas will announce their presence with a loud chorus of sound that they use to attract a potential mate. Once the females have successfully mated, they will cut small slits in the twigs of trees to lay their eggs. When the eggs hatch the immature cicadas (called nymphs) will burrow into the soil where they will remain for another 17 years to start the process anew.
My neighbor's tree
|Next to my tree|
This is my remaining tree (above). The roots are so thick that I couldn't grow anything under it, so last year I just put several pots under it and planted flowers and ferns in them. The cicadas are all over the pots and in them. I wanted to plant them today, but YUCK!
And, yep, the males have started their mating call......
As I said, I’m in awe of these creatures. There’s just an existential depressing “ness” about them that makes me ask “why?” But maybe I should leave the philosophy to the philosophers!
Do you know why?
What is your cicada situation where you live?
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