Saturday, May 25, 2013

Meet Cyd!

Cyd, the cicada, has just emerged from his nympho-exoskeleton and was posing on one of the brick planters that flank my front door. He's one of a 17-year cidaca horde that will be swarming my area of the northeastern US for the next four weeks. Here's a LINK to more information than you ever wanted to know about these lovely locusts.

The cool weather (20-30° warmer than it was on Thursday) will likely have a small impact on their emergence, which means that they will directly affect end-of-school-year activities, such as graduations. Interesting and somewhat cool at first, the cicadas will rapidly become a noisy nuisance that will end up crunching under foot and under tires.

For what it's worth, I am contemplating ways that I might be able to preserve a few since their wings are sheer and rather cool. I'm seriously contemplating spray painting a few of them silver or dipping 'em in UTEE. What do you think???

1 comment:

  1. This guy's many friends were extremely noisy down in Virginia last week but we didn't see that many of them!