Our time with the 17-year cicada is coming to the end. Some are dying off now.
You can pick them up, they won't hurt you. Put a few on the bottom of a tree and have a race.
If you go to a site that is greatly infested with them, you can learn a lot. They have a few different sounds. There were some on the ground crawling towards me that actually were making a faint cooing sound, or purr. There was an area that hundreds were in low weeds and grasses. If you were to stand there they start climbing up your legs.
And in a moment without realizing it you may have 10 on you. Yep, that happened to me. They were racing up my legs. I wonder if they would have got to the top of my head if they would start their constant calling. If you're into nature get out and see this strange spectacle that Mother Nature has made.
I saw a bunch that had part of their butt missing and white showing. With investigation on the Internet it's been discovered that this is caused by a fungus. The white part is the muscle inside. So for all you kids big and small that are having so much fun playing with them, maybe washing your hands afterwards would be a good idea.
Kathy Murphy is a Member of Western Cuyahoga Audubon, an avid birder, and resident of Cleveland, Ohio.
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