Here in Chicago we’ve heard nothing in the news besides “It’s Cicada Mania!” or “Cooking with Cicadas: High in Protein and Yummy too! (They taste like chicken!)”. Okay, I made up the part about the chicken. But I had visions of not being able to step outside without having to dodge flying cicadas or wade through rotting carcasses.
A friend who lives in Glenview only about 2 miles north of us has so many cicadas in his backyard that he said it looked like the grass was moving. Our 2 areas are probably around the same age and not very far away from each other, so you’d think we’d have similar circumstances.
On Friday we went over to a friend’s house, located directly across the street from the forest preserve. Earlier in the day when I drove by said forest preserve I could hear the cicadas singing. So I was looking forward to seeing what it would be like at their house. I asked my friend’s 6-year-old daughter to show me some cicadas, as you’d think they’d be swarming with them. This is what she showed me. Totally underwhelming. No live ones; just the empty nymph shells.
Saturday morning I went out our front door to get something from the car and walking back to the house I finally saw my first cicada! Isn’t it cute?! C-D-E-D-B-D-I’s? <g> It just sat there and didn’t move at all. Later it looked like a sparrow was eating it for lunch. Oh well.
I inspected our 2 trees that are on the parkway in front of our house. One has no cicada shells, but the other one has a trail of about a dozen shells going up the tree. Later that day I heard a few singing. But if that’s all we’re going to get, I don’t think they’ll stand a chance to reproduce for 2024.
There have been some reports that the cicadas are still to come, but considering they’ve been saying this for the past two weeks, I have my doubts. So stay tuned for more on Cicada Watch 2007! I’m sure it’ll be very exciting.