This is the time of year we are invaded by the singing choir of cicadas. I couldn’t live anywhere that I wouldn’t get to hear them sing even if I do find them freaky and will flip my lid if one lands on me.
Since they start emerging in midsummer and keep on coming through August we get to find empty little larva shells stuck to trees and bushes for months on end. I’ve always wanted to catch one emerging from the shell but have never had the luck. This time I found one that had emerged but the carapace had not yet hardened so it is still green and unable to fly.
I found this one on a tree right on the parkway of my street, so of course I couldn’t get more than a photo in before the neighbors decided to ask what the hell I was up to. They couldn’t understand why on earth on someone would want to take a photo of a bug that wasn’t a butterfly, but I figure that is fair since I don’t really understand why they aren’t interested in an animal that is such a loud part of their lives. One even invited me to a “green” building/garden walk to see the local buildings that are “Eco-friendly”, but she promised there no were bugs except worms and butterflies. Which tells me they are not as Eco-friendly as they think they are.
I think I’ll stay with documenting the yearly cicada invasion, thank you very much.