Cicada Mania has begun! Brood V periodical cicadas are on their way. Soon billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and will overrun the entire East Coast. Once the ground temperature reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit, they begin to burrow their way to the surface, climb a tree, and shed their nymphal skin.
They will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered 600 to one. Maybe more, according to The Guardian. They have one goal in mind: mating. Afterall, its been 17 years.
Not quite ready for the invasion? Don’t worry, you still have a few weeks to get your cicada pins, shirts, mugs, pillows and other sundries. If you have been longing for the taste of some crunchy cicadas, this summer you can enjoy cicada pizza, cicada ice cream, cicada popcorn, cicada burgers, and cicada cookies. Warning: they are high in mercury so beware!
While mowing the yard throughout spring and summer, these guests may get up close and personal. Cicadas are attracted to vibrating machinery, such as power tools and lawn mowers. They think it is a chorus of fellow cicadas and they may land on you. To rid yourself of this cicada harassment, simply mow or use power tools early in the day or later in the evening when they are less active. You may want to wear a hat also, they do pee. FYI
I discovered there is an amazing amount of information on these unusual insects. I found some interesting facts, some fun facts and some just weird stuff. For example, I learned that they have various eye colors. While most have red eyes, they can also have white, gray, blue, yellow, or multi-colored but no green. They have 5 eyes: 2 compound and 3 simple. Having additional eyes doesn’t seem to aid them with flying; they tend to bump into things.
With the shedding of their shells, cicadas are representative of personal change, renewal, rebirth and transformation. Since cicadas don’t go through a complete metamorphosis like butterflies or moths, there is no pupal stage. They transform from one fully functioning state to another. When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I crawled out of my old life leaving it behind. I was made new. All that was remaining of my former life was a shell.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone, the new is here! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
With over 100 trees surrounding my house, I will be hosting many of the Brood V cicadas. When I see their empty shells clinging to the hickory and maple trees, I will be reminded that I am a new creation! My old life is just an empty shell thanks to an empty grave. I have been set free to fly.
Let’s Walk Worthy!