Periodical Cicada Invasion

Periodical Cicadas spend most of their lives underground.  Depending on their species, they only come out every 13 or 17 years to mate.

I think it’s a fascinating phenomenon.  Millions of these creatures will leave their underground homes at the same time and head for the trees, so they can enjoy the mating season.

Once the mating season is over, they all disappear.  The nymphs (baby cicadas) will burrow underground and stay there for over a decade, until it’s time for the next mating season.

Most people think the cicadas are a nuisance.  They create a lot of noise.  They are so loud, even I can hear them without my hearing aids.  They are also detrimental to the local plant life.

Ok, so they are a bit of a nuisance.  However, they are still fascinating creatures.

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I found this one at the miniature golf course located at Insanity Skate Park in Madison, Alabama.  It was getting dark when I took the photo and I only had my cellphone, so it’s not a great picture.  However, you can still get a decent look at it.

 

Excited About Brown Beetle Season

Brown beetles are coming out in droves and the dogs are excited about it.  According to them (as I have no personal knowledge in this area), brown beetles are the best tasting bugs on this planet.  They are a true delicacy.

I enjoy watching the boys as they run around the yard, trying to catch the beetles.  It’s kind of like watching a bumper car race.  They will push against each other and run into each other, all in an attempt to eat a brown beetle.  I’ve even seen Blue stick his head underwater to fetch brown beetles that landed in the puppy pool.

No other bug is treated this way.  In fact, a black beetle can walk in front of the dogs and it will not illicit any reaction.  If my dogs could talk, they would say brown beetles are delicious and they are excited about brown beetle season.

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