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 :).

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May 31, 2008 - 3:02 pm

kelly - I thought we already had a full invasion!!!!! Remember Tim’s video of him and the blower full of red eyed bugs!!!! You should post that 🙂

May 31, 2008 - 3:22 pm

Kim Ferris - I think this is the first time I’m glad my kids are grown up ,because I know I would not be as brave as you are with these cicadas. They creep me out. Good pictures,Owen looks like they are his best friends.

May 31, 2008 - 4:40 pm

Earl - Yikes! Looks like you have a lot coming out!

May 31, 2008 - 6:58 pm

Laura Speelman - Need I say anything more about those ugly bugs. Owen is cute though and I am so surprised he is not scared of them. Mom Speelman

June 1, 2008 - 9:34 am

Barb - I cannot believe the boys think these ugly bugs are cute. I know Kaleb would not like them at all (he hate spiders so my guess would be the same with these). Excellent pictures though. Those white one are too creepy looking for me!

June 1, 2008 - 7:48 pm

Jodi Kinasewitz - Oh my! I would be crazed if we had them that bad. I think we’ve seen 1 maybe 2 of the lovely creatures. Enjoy!?!?!

June 2, 2008 - 8:22 am

Kristin - Thankfully I have seen none of these in Columbus…yet! Please don’t convince them to come out here…I think I loathe them as much as you Mel! Owen is cute as a button as always, even with those yucky creatures in the same pictures!

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