southern cicada close up and personal

closeup of the southern cicadaThe Southern Cicada

For the past couple of months, there's been an eery buzz ringing in many Southerners' ears.  The eery sound od the cicada, added to the summer nature sounds of the frogs, grasshoppers at times is almost deafening.

I don't really understand the lifecycle of these extra large insects, but I can recognize their call from blocks away.  They must be good protein, because my dogs gobble them up after they die off and fall out of the trees around here.  They drive Linda nuts, but I enjoy their unique addition to the neighborhood as stop by and visit every few years (seems like more often than seen!)

Southern cicada

Robin Wade