Cicadas or Katydids are out in force! If you live in Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois area, you know exactly what I’m talking about. It is amazing that these obnoxiously loud insects know when it is time to come out of the ground! Like clockwork, every 13 years, these strange creatures come out of the ground, from about two feet below. There are holes left all around where they have climbed from the deep depths. They make their way to the surface to a tree or whatever they can find to crawl on, they pull themselves out of the vehicle that had gotten them to this point, leaving their carcass attached to trees, bushes, cars and telephone poles. Their shells that they come out of are left dangling around
The Cicadas are white when they first come out of the shell. Within a couple of hours they are brown in color and learn how to fly. They fly to the surrounding tree tops to begin their mating music. Once they mate, the female lays eggs and they die.
The hatched eggs begin their decent back underground for the next 13 years to do it all over again.
Lucky for us, this population of cicadas only lasts about a month and a half.
My husband says that he can smell them. It reminds him of dead crickets. I am fortunate not to be able to smell as well as he does!