|emerging from the soil|
|emerging from it's shell and shaping it's wings|
The amazing thing is that these creatures are from Brood X, which last came out in 2004. They are on a 17 year cycle, and should be coming out in 2021, but part of the brood has emerged after only 13 years!
|Fully formed but not fully colored|
I think enough of them have emerged (we have several hundred emerging from the roots of our largest tree) that we are essentially seeing the formation of a new brood!
The cicadas themselves are a bit smaller than our annual green cicadas, and they make a sound like a steady throbbing hum, kind of like a flying saucer in a 50s B movie.
|Mxyl not eating a cicada|
And they are being eagerly devoured by wildlife (and some people).
One odd thing is that they love Blue Streak's tires.
I have to remove all the cicadas before I drive anywhere. Well, I guess I don't have to, but I do!
Also perfect for trolling your cousins by covering their car with shells!