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Well not much. I've actually never seen one before. Were they the plague that hit ancient Egypt in the Bible? In any case I love your beautiful picture of the Prairie Smoke. We saw some of them on our visit last week to Iowa's Hayden Prairie near Chester. I yellow ladyslippers were also gorgeous that day....;)
Great photos! These are the 17 year cicadas. They will live about six weeks, mating and laying eggs underground and hatch in another 17 years. You are fortunate to see them in your yard. I saw one in my garden, and three of the empty "shells" but that's it. The "regular" annual cicadas will appear soon. They look quite different.
Troutbirder, You have mentioned Hayden Prairie before. This has become a "destination!" I would love to see the yellow lady slippers!!
Thank you, Beth! My son also enlightened me last night. ;-) Can you imagine something like this waiting 17 years to crawl out of the ground? You should SEE the holes in our backyard! And the noisy critters are amazing!
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