We are suffering through the end of a 13 year Cicada life cycle now here in Missouri. The insects are everywhere in massive numbers. The noise they make is like an audio torture to the human ears. They are also very unpleasant because they land on you, in your hair and on you cloths. In addition the dead ones are all over the ground, nasty!!
The Cicada has the longest life cycle of all insects. The adult lays eggs in crevices of the bark on trees. When the eggs hatch the nymph drops to the ground and burrows as far under ground as a foot. The nymph then lives off of the fluids from tree roots.
The Magicicada (Cicada) which is common in our area of Southeast Missouri, USA. It has a life cycle of 13 and 17 years depending on the brood they belong to. They will stay underground as nymphs for 13 or 17 years depending on which brood they belong to then all of them burrow above ground at the same time. They molt and the adult Cicada comes out of the shell and the life cycle starts all over again. Some times the life cycles of the 13 and 17 year Cicadas matures at the same time and a massive infestation occurs.
The recent Eastern Bluebird image I posted showed the bird trying to eat a Cicada.
Included with this image are a couple of videos of the sights and sounds we are suffering through now. You do not have to watch the entire video to get the idea I wish to share with you, just a few moments of each is enough ☺
This Video is taken from our deck looking over the lake at dawn. The sounds you hear are the Cicadas!
This Video is taken of the trees outside the administration building or Julie’s School District. You can not hear the sounds of the insects well but you can see the huge numbers of Cicadas flying around the tree.