Sunday, July 1, 2007

17 Year Cicada's almost gone...



It has been an amazing month of Cicada's in older communities in Northern Illinois.

They emerge once every 17 years...molt from their eco-skeleton, sprout wings, change from yellow to dark brown, screech very loudly to find a mate, (they are blind), find a willing mate, do it and then the male dies and the female lays her eggs in tree bark or a leaf and she dies.

The eggs then hatch and slowly burrow themselves into the ground to eat tree sap and emerge again in 17 years to carry on the Cicada legacy.

A truly tragic tale...to honor the plight of the Cicada's, here is a quick slide show that shows their journey.

See the slide show at the top right of the page...

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