Periodic Cicada #2
Another contributor to night noises in the Ozarks, and across most of the country, during the summer. In 2011 there was a huge emergence of 13 year locusts across much of Southeast Missouri. The combined din resulting from the calling of the insects at night was truly amazing. And think about their lifecycle a second. The insect spends 13 (in some 17) years underground as a larva, only to emerge, eat, mate and lay eggs for the next generation. The subject of the photo demonstrates the red eyes and highlights indicative of the species. One final note: The huge bugs are protein rich, resulting in my dogs running around the property eating them live. Looking at them I’m envisioning them being the dog equivalent of chocolate covered cherries. Hard on the outside, soft in the middle. You’re welcome.