Friday, June 04, 2021

Brood X in Michigan

 Yes, we have cicadas in Michigan this year!

This cicada is just coming out of its shell, or exoskeleton.
Nearby is a shell that was already abandoned.


Many cicada shells were hanging on the leaves and branches of trees and shrubs
at the Cherry Hill Nature Preserve near Ann Arbor — the local center of cicada activity.
In Virginia, the cicadas are several weeks ahead of the ones in Michigan.


Once they breed and die, the next generation will go
underground for another 17 years.

    
While walking in the woods we also saw a few butterflies.

Blog post and photos © 2021 mae sander.

16 comments:

Iris Flavia said...

I love, love, love the sound, it´s the sound of summer.
I just don´t wanna see them ;-)
Ewww.
Nice you ended with that beautiful butterfly.

Anne in the kitchen said...

We are not getting them this year, but I understand the swarm is supposed to be near historic for some areas.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I've never seen a cicada before so thank you for sharing. That butterfly is a stunning colour.

Valerie-Jael said...

Thanks for sharing. They are not my fave insects, but interesting to see. Have a great weekend, Valerie

eileeninmd said...

Hello,
We are seeing and hearing lots of cicadas here. They are creepy.
I love the beautiful butterfly. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a great day and a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

Shiju Sugunan said...

How neatly they have shed their cuticles. Moulting together would be a fun activity for them. Love the butterfly.

My name is Erika. said...

They say this is going to be quite the year for cicadas. I wonder if we'll get any here in NH. Usually we're a bit north, but if you have them in Michigan, then it is possible. Happy weekend.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I hear the cicadas. To me, the cicadas are the sound of summer.

Blue is the most popular color on earth, and yet blue in nature is the rarest color on earth.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I understand, from a friend who lives in New York, they are already present in the NYC area. I remember them from my childhood.

Adam Jones said...

That's a beautiful butterfly.

bill burke said...

I heard about them in the US but never seen them here in Ireland.

DVArtist said...

Ohhh we don't have them here on the Oregon coast.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've seen on the weather channel that they are really bad this year. I haven't seen one in years but the biting deer flies are worse this year.

Linda said...

We have them in Virginia. I think they're cool!

Yvonne said...

WOW! Fantastic photos. The cicadas haven't appeared as yet this year in my area south of Nashville, Tennessee.

Jeanie said...

I heard they were down in your neck of the woods -- I haven't heard about them up here yet. Yet.