Saturday, May 21, 2011

Pic Today 5/21/11



"THEY'RE BACK!"

Not since 1998
have we heard from our friends,
the cicadas.

Having spent the last 13 years in the ground,
Missouri's periodic cicadas are emerging this weekend
throughout the state (and most of the Midwest U.S.)

As the brood emerges, as many as 1-million noisy male cicadas
can gather in trees over a single acre (that's a lot!)
and join in an ear-splitting chorus of mating calls.
Their combined voices create an unforgettable noise,
drowning out lawn mowers and
making normal conversations impossible.

They last only 2 weeks, giving them enough time
to mate, get eggs laid and buried for the next 13 year brood,
and then die. Except for the racket,
cicadas are harmless, and don't bite or eat vegetation.

(And for those of you who've survived today's
predicted apocalypse, have a nice weekend!)


7 comments:

  1. a mi el canto de la cigarra no me gusta, pero el del grillo si.

    sabes? en mi viaje reciente a China me las he comido fritas...me da pena pero estaban muy buenas

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  2. Como se hacen sentir en verano las cigarras con sus cantos, me gustan mucho y has conseguido unas fotos preciosas y con gran nitidez, buen trabajo el tuyo Rick, un abrazo amigo

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  3. Прекрасные фото. Я никогда не видела цикад так близко. Спасибо!

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  4. Lamento no saber inglés,
    entiendo, hablo y escribo el francés.
    En mi campo,
    donde vivo de abril a octubre
    empieza el canto de las cigarras
    en julio y uffffff
    son terribles,
    es un chirriar continuo.
    Jamás las había visto tan bonitas como
    las que tú fotografías.
    Feliz fin de semana

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  5. Sencillamente EXCELENTE, estos animalitos son ruidosos, pero hermosos, fascinada con tus capturas Rick, felicidadessss Amigo, un abrazo...feliz fin de semana

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  6. Rick:

    Stunning macros.. love the details of the wings and facial features,,,

    happy that the cicadas do not pay attention to human tales of woe, and had enough time
    to mate, get eggs laid and buried for the next 13 year brood, but then die,,, sigh!
    Glad you survived today's
    predicted apocalypse, and thrilled us with a beautiful post...
    joanny

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  7. Brrr, looks very frightening :s
    Nice greetings
    elektra

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