We found many Brood X cicadas at Brookside Gardens. Naturally I took some pictures as shown here. Brood X cicadas emerged from the ground recently in billions and billions in number, primarily in the eeaster part of US. They have about a month to six weeks to find the mates. The females will then lay the eggs in trees, which will hatch in 4-6 week. Both adults cicades will die shortly. After hatch the tiny nymths will fall to the ground and burrow into the soil in serch of tree roots for the sap , the new generation will spend 17 years underground before they emerge. That’s the life cycle of Brood X cicades!
Realy awesome macros Stephen, congratulations !
Beautiful cicadas photos. Thank you for sharing. Best Wishes !!! Lien-fu Huang
I wish we had cicadas here. They cause little harm, are beautiful, and the sound is amazing…at least in my opinion. I was delighted to visit my sister in law 17 years ago during the last generation’s appearance and loved hearing and seeing them. You took good advantage of the opportunity.
Looking at the map, I guess this year’s Brood X cicadas only extended to PA not as far east as MA. I love the sound also. When we were at the National Zoo a coupl days ago, I hear it loud and clear – it’s a nature symphony! One can sit on the chair and looking up in the woods and enjoy – it won’t last very long ’cause they only got 4-6 weeks to live!