While not as pretty as a sunset, it’s still part of nature. You got to take both the beauty and the beast. My dog Grace alerting me to this one emerging from ground. Read on, John the baptist would have seen it as a snack to go with the honey.
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 centimetres (0.98 ft) down to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft). The nymphs feed on xylem sap from roots and have strong front legs for digging.
In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The exuvia, or abandoned exoskeleton, remains, still clinging to the bark of trees.
Cicadas (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/), alternatively spelled as cicala or cicale, are insects in the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (which was formerly included in the now invalid suborder Homoptera). Cicadas are in the superfamily Cicadoidea. Their eyes are prominent, though not especially large, and set wide apart on the anterior lateral corners of the frons. The wings are well-developed, with conspicuous veins; in some species the wing membranes are wholly transparent, whereas in many others the proximal parts of the wings are clouded or opaque and some have no significantly clear areas on their wings at all. About 2,500 species of cicada have been described, and many remain to be described. Cicadas live in temperate-to-tropical climates where they are among the most-widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called locusts, although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are various species of swarming grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs.
Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas. They are known to have been eaten in Ancient Greece as well as China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America, and the Congo.]Female cicadas are prized for being meatier. Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.
For those of us who suffer from tinnitus, the sound will seem normal (1click for sound)…†… monos en theos……jim
4 thoughts on “Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #772 – THE CICADAS ARE COMING -THE CICADAS ARE COMING”
Thanks for the fine photo – I’ve never seen them emerge!
Donna……neither have I. If it hadn’t been for my deaf dog Grace, I would have never seen it. She was just sitting there staring and doing that dog head cock thing so I had to go see what had her attention…..j
It’s not summer in Texas without cicadas.