The cicadas have arrived.

Kim noticed a cicada nymph climbing our front wall at around 11:30 last night. I went out and saw three more, one of which was just an empty shell. After going back inside to grab my camera, Kim and I stood outside for about an hour while we watched them break out of their exoskeletons. I took a number of photos, but the best one may be found by clicking here.

Watching the little guy do this thing was riveting. It’s mind-blowing to think that this kind of behavior is the result of millions of years of random genetic mutations. I’m no biology nerd, but I was awestruck as I saw the adult cicada emerge with its wrinkled and folded wings, stop to rest as its body started to harden and those wings started to unfurl, then continue on with its transformation. It’s just so cool.

This morning, I saw two adult cicadas just sitting on a path, probably in the last stages of hardening. They were the appropriate color and their wings looked to be fully dry, but I didn’t want to touch them just in case. I suspect we’ll be hearing their mating call very shortly.

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