The Cicadas are almost completely gone (or at least for 17 years)…

by julie swanson

The woods is quiet once again. When I clean the pool skimmers, the number of cicadas swirling in there has gone down to two or three, down from the fifty or sixty that used to be clogging it. No longer have to sweep the porch daily if we don’t want to be crunching on dead bodies just going into or out of our house. The ones still flying around that land wearily on the ground look like they’re falling apart and have lost half a body–like it’s either fallen, dry-rotted, or been eaten off by something. Does laying eggs really deplete them like that? Are they so full of eggs that once they lay them, their back ends are empty?