Cicadas, Cicada, Cicada, When Will It End?
It’s that time of year, once again. The sound of cicadas chirping away in the trees around your home.
Some folks like the ‘singing’, others find it an interminable and bothersome nuisance. Whether you are pro or con in your thinking about cicadas, there are many misconceptions about these not so little critters. Below, we’ve gathered a few facts the we hope will clear the air a bit.
First, a look at the 17-year cicadas we all talk about. Genus Magi cicada. There are three species of the 17- year cicada. They last emerged in 2007 and will return in the year 2024. They currently reside at least eight inches down in the soil surrounding your home. Their emergence is controlled genetically. When soil temperatures at a depth of eight inches reaches the correct level in 2024, they will appear once again.
The chirping or ‘singing’ you hear is the male’s mating call. It can be quite loud and is very effective in attracting female cicadas!
Cicadas live four to six weeks, time enough to mate before dying, usually by late July.
For many, there is a certain comfort in knowing that, no matter what else is happening in the world, our old friends, the cicadas, will be right there, predictably letting us know that, for better or worse, some things just never change!
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