Tuesday, April 10, 2007

The Cicadas are Returning!

After 17 years of living as a nymph sucking on the sap of tree roots, the periodic cicadas are scheduled to emerge in late May or early June in the northeastern section of Illinois. Fortunately the adults are not as large as the children in the cicada costumers pictured here!

Each male when performing his mating call can be as loud as a kitchen blender. Heavily wooded acres which have remain undisturbed for the past 17 years could have as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre. Yikes! The Lake County Forest Preserve District has a Cicada Mobile which will travel about the county (IL) educating adults and children on this marvel of nature.

During the media day for the Cicada Mobile, I learned a great deal about these red-eyed insects that will descend en masse this spring, causing outdoor music festivals to move indoors and brides to wonder why they ever planned an outdoor wedding!

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