Monday, July 16, 2012

The insect that buzzes like a chain saw!

Cicada exoskeleton on a rain barrel
photo by Jonathan Schechter

Cicadas are the proveribial insect of summer.  Their chain saw like buzzing is a common sound in the woods and over the hills of Oakland County and most areas of Michigan and the Midwest.  In  'normal' times their music to attract mates is the melody of the  sultry Dog Days of August.  Abnormal heat and rising soil temperatures have changed all that.
Early this morning I sat on my porch  sipping iced coffee and before the sun climbed over the top of the barn the cicadas were back to their music. 
 Their overpowering hum confirm what we already know:
 Summer is heating up: FAST


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