We hear them in the trees. We see them fly by. But more so, we see the skins they’ve left behind.
From all angles!
Cicadas! Are they Brood VI? Stragglers? What brood they are depends on where you are! Head on over to check out the speculation at Cicada Mania!
You humans are trying to figure out which brood, meanwhile, they make good eating!
We may not have had cicadas right here in Reston, but other parts of northern Virginia did. Thanks to our readers, we have photos of the hatch–nearly a month ago now, sorry!–out near Haymarket, Virginia. And so we present the red-eyed cicada, otherwise known as Brood X.
The holes from which they dug themselves.
Their exoskeletons covering…a lot.
A winged adult.
When the adults lay their eggs near the tips of branches, the damage causes them to die and ‘flag’.
That’s why the new, baby tree in our neighborhood was netted. (Here’s its picture.)It would have lost most of its branches.
Thanks to our readers, Nancy and Craig, for saving us from missing the cicadas!