All is quiet…
For the past week or so, I have seen the tips of branches on trees turn brown due to the female cicadas laying their eggs in the bark. The female will scar the bark in order to lay eggs and sometimes this results in the branch tip breaking and falling to the ground.
There is noticably more branch debris on the ground compared to other years.
There are many cicada carcasses on the ground providing a feast for wildlife.
The volume of noise produced by the male Cicadas began to diminish during the last week in June, by the second week of July the noise ceased entirely. The adult cicadas are no longer visible on foliage, it appears that the adult phase of the Brood II Cicada is drawing to a close.
Just a note about the cicada life cycle: The females lay eggs in branches, the baby cicadas drop to the ground where they burrow into the earth. They grow bigger under ground, staying there for 17 years before emerging as nymphs. After emerging they shed their exoskeleton and become adult cicadas. The male cicadas produce the sound to attract females and the cycle begins again.
Participate in a Cicada Tracker project and assist research scientist John Cooley and professor Chris Simon at the University of Connecticut Ecology & Evolutionary Biology department, who are conducting scientific research into the 2013 Brood II Cicada event. Cicada Tracker