Things Are Winding Down....

It's sad, but true! It seems like it was only a few weeks ago when the Brood X nymphs started to emerge from the ground, and now (as of mid-June) the females have almost all laid their eggs, and the entire cicada population is dying off.

Those eggs are tiny, and they are in small slits in tree branches. But there are plenty of them--- as many as 30 in a single slit, and one female cicada may go through that process ten or more times-- that's over 300 eggs! The eggs hatch after six to ten weeks, and then when the new nymphs are born, each no bigger than a single grain of rice, they'll drop to the ground and burrow in, traveling down where they will live-- in the dark-- for the next seventeen years!

Meanwhile, enjoy the few Brood X cicadas which still remain, because they, too, will be gone shortly. Annual cicadas will still appear in some parts of the country this summer, and periodical cicadas will emerge again soon; Brood XIII cicadas will appear in 2024 in parts of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, and the 13-year Brood XIX cicadas will show up in parts of nine states. But for fans of Brood X, it's going to be a 17-year wait. See you in 2038!

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