One of the joys of the warmer months is reading outside, I’m sure you would all agree. This year, however, it’s been more challenging than usual because I’ve had a lot of visitors. A LOT of them!
In certain sections of the Northeast of the U.S. where I now live, we have been peacefully invaded by periodical cicadas. These extraordinary creatures only come out every 17 years!
They lay dormant in the ground as little nymphs feeding on the sap from tree roots. And then, they all come out to mate; their mating song lasting all day. As there are so many of them, it gets quite loud (collectively, they sound a bit like a giant, muted car alarm. Individually, it’s a cuter “dooooo-weeep” – well, that’s my best approximation).
As I am also trying to prevent my dog from eating too many of them, it is getting hard to concentrate on my book.
After they mate, the females lay their eggs in little slits in tree branches and when the nymphs hatch later this summer, they will go back into the ground and settle in for the next 17 years.
It’s quite amazing and I feel so honored to be a witness to it!
But, for the next couple of weeks, I think I’ll read indoors…