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I like some bugs and critters

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Cicadas!


KENDRACARROLL remarked she hadn't seen them in her location in droves so I'm posting this link here for you'all. It tells you when and where.

www.cicadamania.
com/where.html


I love the sounds bugs and critters make.
My local tree frogs emerge in March and sing so high an loud you can hear it in a car with the windows rolled up!

Listen to the VERY loud song of a single cricket you swear is the size of a cat to find a paperclip sized bug under your couch.

The low sound of beetles like the Japanese beetle that invariably flies into something with a hard thud (my window screen) and hangs on buzzing those wings.

Bees. Oh, the poor bees. I walked by an entire curbing of clover yesterday and only heard one! My neighbor has removed his beehive from the side of his house. I'm assuming it's from hive failure as it was in a perfect spot. Sigh. I'll be hand pollinating again this year.

Carpenter bees, those golf-ball sized yellow and black noisemakers sound like 747's until they whack into the walls looking for an entrance. I really am not happy to see them as they do damage but they are cool.

Then there's the maligned cicada. Yes, it gets annoyingly loud but think about the joy of nature's music. How cool is it that they live, deep in the soil under your feet, for years without you noticing and one day they emerge to leave "shells" on the trees, sing their songs, mate and die all in a few days?

Then there's my childhood connection.
My 18 month old self who was found with 1/2 a cicada in her hand.
Yes, I did!

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  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Love frogs! Love cicadas., We trap carpenter bees, Lots of them,
    40 days ago
  • SUSANNAH31
    I like their sounds to listen to.
    I don't like to touch them.
    It is good that they are there.
    I plant pollinators and berries for bees and critters.
    But I won't be holding any of them.
    Thanks anyway!

    40 days ago
  • HARROWJET
    Nature is fascinating. There are some insects that I wonder why they are here but I suppose they are food for some other creature.
    41 days ago
  • DEBVNE
    Cicadas drown out car noise midsummer in the Midwest. Seriously. Very clever/spot on descriptions of the sounds of nature. Typically they don’t bug me until the Japanese beetles treat my yard like a salad bar. Getting outside for the win...if only it would dry up some and stop raining.
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    41 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    We miss the sound of crickets since living in the high altitude with chilly nights.
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    41 days ago
  • KENDRACARROLL
    According to this not my year this year.
    Regardless, we have lots every summer anyway.
    41 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    Bugs!! The cicada song in my part of the world always means it's high summer!! Crickets are something I tend to hear in the fall . . . at night.

    Lots and lots of spring peepers singing in the ponds at the golf course . . . such a lovely sound and I'm sure makes the herons perk up their ears!!

    My early childhood fave were the shell bugs, found under rocks, that would roll themselves up so obligingly.
    41 days ago
  • WHILLSW
    Interesting about all the bugs...I rarely think about them until they are in my way....
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    42 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    ACK! Can't say I DON'T like the cicadas, but I'd draw the line @ eating 1/2 of one! LOLOL


    42 days ago
  • SDEHNKE
    Our wiener dog Augie ate Cicadas like they were candy and went through the bushes hunting them. But the silly dog also ate any kind of bee he could catch and more than once was covered in bee stings bumps.
    42 days ago
  • BARBARAJ73
    Agree with you - don't like to see the carpenter bees either. They have been known to burrow in above my front door. There seems to be an above average number of bees, wasps etc. flying about right now... I am just hoping they find other locations to set up their home bases.

    I really enjoy your bird photos. Wish I was better with identifying them by their calls especially one very, very loud individual. Imagine if s/he joined in with the a swarm of the cicadas... oh my
    42 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Hahahah...you are such a nature girl!
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    42 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    emoticon I can see that your personality was overflowing even at 18 months!

    Nature and humans, living side by side... and on a summer morning, it's the sounds of nature that make me very aware of the season's progress!
    42 days ago
  • EOWYN24241
    facinating!
    42 days ago
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