(Public domain image from Wikimedia) The 17-year cicadas are incredible insects that emerge in mass numbers after spending 17 years underground. In late April to early May 2021, scientists expect a large emergence (called Brood X) in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. To coincide with this amazing natural event is the emergence of a ...continue reading "STEM Friday #Kidlit A Cicada Book is Coming!"
Cicadas here in the Sonoran desert start singing around Father's Day and can be found throughout the summer. Because they are so abundant, you might not take a second look at them. While out picking blueberries recently, a California woman did notice a cicada and she took a photograph of it. After she uploaded the ...continue reading "Bug of the Week: Cicadas Old and New"
Insects can interfere with exercise. For example, these light-colored objects on the dark bark of a mesquite caught my eye and I had to run home and grab my camera. Do you recognize it? Here, look closer. It's the exoskeleton shed by a cicada turning from a nymph into an adult. Can you see the ...continue reading "Bug of the Week: Cicada Nymph Exoskeletons"