Cicada Invasion

2016 is the year of the cicada bug’s emerge from a seventeen year slumber.

In my neck-of-the-woods, it’s obvious that these bulgy-eyed critters are back in town.

If you have never seen this bug be thankful, it’s quite unattractive.

cicada

The cicada bug is about 1-1/2 inches long with large, beady, red eyes. What I know about these creatures is more than I would like to admit. I have no idea what purpose this flying insect has to offer during its month long visit though.

Not only is the bug big and ugly, but it makes a very surreal sound. When thousands of these creatures congregate and all chime in unison with their surreal singing, the sound is almost deafening!

Click here to listen:
https://freesound.org/people/cognito%20perceptu/sounds/163688/#

These bugs are here for a little over a month, after which they return to the depths below to begin another 17 year hiatus.

As for me, I am washing my car a heck of a lot more these days because of these flying insect torpedoes. At times there are so many of these bugs flying at my windshield that I involuntarily flinch! Each time they hit they leave a large remnant of themselves. By the time I get to my destination, I have used up my washer fluid trying to clean up the mess to no avail.

So if this post seems a little bit of a rant, well it is. I, and like many others I am sure, am ready to say farewell to our cicada invasion for another 17 years.

I need to go and wash my car now.

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