Not since 1998
have we heard from our friends,
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!)