It’s an all-out cicada invasion. Last night we sat out by the fire pit and the first stages of cicadas (top photo of Truitt holding them) were coming out of the ground in droves and crawling on our feet- eeeewwwww! It was almost more than I could handle. Truitt thought it was important to show you the different stages of the cicada. Of course I’m not sure of the scientific terms, but the top photo is before they shed their skin, the white or “albino” cicadas as my kids call them is the stage just after they shed their shell and wait for their wings to dry. Then we have the full size, red-eyed “cuties” (yes, my boys think they are simply adorable). I really think there are more cicadas in our yard this time than in 2004. They are “singing” so loudly as well. At any given moment there are dozens of them within reach no matter where you are outside. Note that Truitt is wearing his cicada shirt that I bought for him back in 2004. In the photo of the wire fence you can see piles of cicada shells on the ground and if you look carefully you can see full grown cicadas on the actual fence. There are literally thousands of cicadas on and around that fence. At least my boys are enjoying every minute of this invasion, I can’t say the same for myself :).