The Cicadas of Summer

The evening roar (a noise I never heard for 22 years in Ireland) has returned, sounding just the same as in Malaysia, and to me it says summer is here in full strength, along with heat and thunderstorms.

Two empty shells hang from the milkweeds out front. (I planted them for the Monarch butterflies and am still waiting)

Yesterday this cicada was moving slowly on the ground, but seemed OK.

In a hollow (half rotten) Catalpa tree 6 months ago I found a pupa in damp wood particles. I kept it in a  jar through the winter with lots of the wood bits. A week ago it swam to the top and looked around.

I saw it had eaten half the wood so I refilled the jar and it’s back at work, eating again. It weighs 5 gm now.


I’m guessing it is another cicada?

3 thoughts on “The Cicadas of Summer

  1. Cicada are never grubs, nor do they pupate. They have a simple metamorphosis – egg, nymph (that looks like a termite), then adult. There is SOOO much misinformation out there.

  2. the sound of the cicadas always reminds me that school is starting soon… i still get a jolt of panic, even 15 years later!

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