Those of you outside of the Chicagoland area might be unaware that the 17-year cycle of cicadas (known as Brood XIII) are set to make their long-awaited reemergence from the homes in the ground they made for themselves back in 1990. The whole area has been bracing themselves for this exciting event, and one prominent scientist predicted that "C-Day", the day they would all come out, would be Tuesday (it's supposed to be when the ground temp reaches 65 degrees). Tuesday came and went without a cicada deluge. Our across-the-street neighbor was talking with Heidi last week and mentioned that there were some that had come out in Deerfield, but not here. So he brought us a couple yesterday. As you can see, Ellie
has taken to them quite nicely (click on pics to get closer views). They're creepy little boogers with their beady little red eyes. And one of them making their mating noise is supposed to be as loud as a lawn mower. There can be as many as one million per square acre. So we wait for more.
Here is Ellie's descriptive illustration of a cicada: