What is in my Garden? Cicadas – the East Coast has been swarmed with them. It is being called, “Swarmageddon” in this area.
Did you know Cicadas live 17 years in the ground? When they come out, they let you know!
It is estimated that over 30 Billion, yes Billion Cicadas are busy singing their love songs and mating right now. Our local news station, WJLA, is claiming that the D.C. area will not be hit that hard as some other regions this year. I am not so sure! The little buggers are everywhere!During the 17 years the Brood II Cicada is underground, they under go different molting stages. When they are ready dig out and make their presence known, the male comes first. Once above ground, they molt once again and leave a hard shell.
The male begins to sing a song of love while waiting for the female to arrive. The sole purpose of the Cicada is to mate! Well, perhaps to irritate humans also. The leave minor damage to plants and don’t harm humans. Some people even enjoy eating them and say the Cicadas have a grassy taste!
I have been seeing the shells of the Cicada all over the ground, in the trees and even clinging to some of my perennials. I thought I would rake the shells up, but decided to wait a few more weeks. The red eyed bugs will be around for 4 – 6 weeks.
So, I will get used to the “singing” and the swarming of the single minded pests. After all, they deserve a little fun after being alone and in the dark for 17 years!
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