Cicadas in New Jersey – part 2

The cicadas have reached a threshold. You can now hear their constant hum outside. It sounds like a constant rubbing of one of these frog instruments.

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This may give some of you nightmares, but it’s a beautiful movie

The kids were privileged (!) to see two cicadas mating yesterday- at least that’s what I think they were doing – right there in the Bank of America sidewalk in their parking lot. In the 20+ minutes we were in there (exchanging U.S. dollars for Canadian dollars for my trip to Toronto – yay!), they stayed at it, though moving slightly to a different part of the sidewalk.

cicada sex
cicada sex. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

We’re hearing that some areas of NJ – even some areas of our town – still haven’t seen any.  So here are some pictures for those of you who are missing them.

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The moltings. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
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Molting on a flower.  Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Nymph emerging from its shell. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Nymph emerging from its shell. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Another nymph emerges (okay it's the same one). Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Another nymph emerges (okay it’s the same one). Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Living with your molting. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Living with your molting. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Adult cicada. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan
Adult cicada. Copyright Deborah Abrams Kaplan

 

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