They are still screaming!

by julie swanson

The 17-year cicadas, that is. Yesterday I asked if anyone knew how long they were going to be here, and be so vocal, and someone said they had heard 6 weeks. It’s going to seem really quiet when they leave.

The other day I tried to brush one off a new tree I recently planted. It (and all its buddies also on the trunk of the tree) was chewing a little line in the bark (to deposit eggs I heard somewhere), and I wanted them to leave my fragile little tree alone. When I touched it, it screamed at me in a loud, buzzing, electrical sort of way, like No, you leave me alone! It was a startling noise, scared me. I’m leaving them alone.