One of Nature’s Choruses of Life
Hey Friends! How are you doing? I am doing good. In fact, as I was taking in and enjoying the evening/dusk a few days ago, I noticed an interesting sound. I’d heard it before in the past couple of weeks but really didn’t give it any attention. This time, however, I was intentionally listening.
I was looking too. But, I was unable to see anything. At first I thought, crickets? No, I reasoned. The sound was so loud that there would have to be millions of them. And besides, crickets don’t settle in tree top branches. Then I remembered the news stories that I read about “Brood X” back in the Spring. Brood X or the Great Eastern Brood refers to the trillions of cicadas that have emerged from beneath the soil after living there for the past 17 years. The reason that they make an above ground appearance is to mate! Yes, the loud, buzzing sound that I heard was the male cicadas calling their mates!!! My goodness what a life song!
After they mate, they die. The male cicadas die right after mating but the female will live long enough to lay 500 eggs in tree branches and then she dies. Life goes on, however. Six to ten weeks later the eggs hatch, drop to the ground, and burrow underground for the next 17 years.
According to CNN, the are not harmful to humans or animals. As a matter of fact, unfortunately for them, they can become food for both. Scientist haven’t figured out the 17 year life-cycle of the cicadas either but have noted that there is a smaller Brood that emerges every 13 years.
This Brood X is the largest and people living in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Virginia have been experiencing them since some time in May. As stated, I really just started hearing the noise a couple weeks ago in my neighborhood situated in Illinois.
Well, if time permits, check out the cicadas Chorus of Life before it ends. Also, stay safe and be well. Remember to strengthen your immune system by eating healthy and taking a good multi-vitamin; wear your mask; watch your distance; and continue to wash your hands often. In Jesus Name. Amen. And, so it is.
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