An omnipresent hiss pervades my backyard.
The hissing sound comes from a genus of cicadas called the magicicada that emerge from the ground in massive numbers once every 17 years. Males make that noise to attract a mate.
They’re everywhere! On the fence, the plants, the barbecue, the gazebo…I even found one on Solha. Ordinarily, I’d think the infestation was gross, but the fact that they only come around once every seventeen years makes them seem kinda special. Am I turning into a bug nerd?
One of the more fascinating aspects of this bug is its ability to shed its “nymph” skin and emerge as a mature adult. Here, a mature cicada rests alongside its shorn nymph shell.
I was lucky enough to catch this super rare metamorphosis in action.
Best of all, our fifty new chicks love, love, love the way they taste.
The chicks' temporary holding pen as we move them down to the barn.