Cicadas by the Hudson River
After a seventeen year underground hibernation the Cicadas are back. Remembered for their unusual ways and loud noises we have no choice but to tolerate them as an inconvenience. They emerge from the ground to complete a seventeen year cycle of life, and shed their thin shells to begin a process they were destined for. A party of sorts, as they spend their time above ground making sure that the species does not die off. Two to four weeks of eating, dating, mating, laying eggs and dying off again.
These large creepy eyed insects emerge and make their presence known as they show up in swarms and their mating call is enormously LOUD. It has been said that their noise level can be up to 90 decibels which can’t be missed. In the end their offspring head back into the ground to repeat the process seventeen years from now.
Today I was out taking video and photos to up date my blog and there it was. One lowly cicada as quiet as can be in a beautiful dogwood tree. Not yet emerged from the exoskeleton yet, but soon this one along billions more will gather together for the dance of their lifetime. Good to know that they don’t hurt us. No biting or stinging but I am still grossed out by them. I guess it is because of the vast numbers that they are predicting, and that they can have a two to three inch wing span. That is a substantial size bug in my book.
It appears that Cicadas are also a tasty treat for some. Humans have found ways to cook them, marinate them and dip them in chocolate. Not on my agenda but I do know that there will be more shared recipes available. I have also heard about our pets finding them absolutely delicious. Dogs have a propensity for dining on the delicacy. While they are not poisonous, our canines don’t seem to have much discipline when it comes to chowing down too many. The exoskeletons can accumulate in the dogs digestive tract and cause severe problems. It is good to watch your pups outside during these few weeks. If you suspect that your dog has had too many make sure to contact your Vet for some instructions and what to watch for.
Cicadas by the Hudson River 2013
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