The cicadas are coming! The cicadas are coming! To a tree near you ... well, maybe not. We heard the cicadas were emerging after 17 years in the ground and thought it would make a nice homeschooling field trip to take the kids to watch. The cicadas. Come out of their holes in the ground.
Picked a nice old park, with nice old trees, in an area that complained of the deluge oh so many years ago ... nothing. Not a one. Other than the grass being mowed perodically, we really figured this place for "undisturbed ground".
I read that they like the areas near the river so we headed for water. This time I wasn't surprised to find none. I figured the flood they had about ten years ago may have disqualified any hope of "undisturbed ground".
As for my own neighborhood ... Not A Chance. In fact, most of my hometown and surrounding areas are all new subdivisions. Once green farmland, no trees now or ever before, the only cicadas we'll get are the annuals. And we like them fine thankyouverymuch.
So, for the sake of education, a-hunting we will go. For cicadas.