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The Last Time They Were Here


I took these pictures a few years ago when the cicadas were here. They are such interesting insects. They live underground from 2 to 17 years depending on the species. When they come out of the ground they shed their exoskeleton before beginning their adult life. I was very excited to be able to get a picture of one right after it came out of the exoskeleton.

Some of you have already seen the pictures but I thought I would share them again. I am still excited about getting that one picture. πŸ™‚


27 Replies to “The Last Time They Were Here”

  1. WOW!!!!! Seriously Maggie! WOW!!!!! I have NEVER seen a live Cicada before. They are gorgeous insects. Thank you so much for sharing your photos of them.
    (((hugs))) Sherri-Ellen & **nose rubsss** Siddhartha Henry xXx

    1. Thank you and you are welcome. Hugs and nose kisses for you and sweet Siddhartha Henry from Pooh, Chancy and me.

  2. Great shots – we don’t seem to have as many here as when I’ve lived elsewhere. Still, the noise they make sounds like summer, even if we don’t have as much of the noise here as other places!

    1. Thank you, I feel very lucky to have gotten them especially the one with the exoskeleton. They do make a lot of noise.

  3. I remember when we had them in Virginia way back when we lived there. Yuck! Interesting, yes, but glad we don’t have them in Florida!! Crunch, crunch, crunch everywhere you walk!

  4. WOW. These photos are simply astounding, Maggie! Those cicadas are pretty amazing (and loud, when they all get going). πŸ™‚

    Hugs to you, Pooh and Chancy

    1. Thank you. Chancy didn’t like all that noise when they were here. He didn’t want to go outside so I had to do some coxing and go out with him. He finally got used to them just before they left. πŸ™‚

  5. What splendid captures. It was like I was right there to see it. Be proud.

  6. so glad your reposted, i missed it the first time. this is AWESOME.. wow… I have seen the shells left behind and seen both new and old but never together. these guys drive me nuts with their noise..

    1. That was a first for me too, I was afraid it would be gone before I got back outside with my camera but it was still there. I felt very lucky to have gotten that shot.

  7. Fantastic photo captures. These fascinated me when I was a kid. Wishing you a lovely Sunday. I’m taking a blog break from posting but will still be visiting.

      1. Good Evening, I hope you had a nice day. Thanks for stopping by the blog tonight and for your kind comments. My cats are always up to something so I keep the camera handy. We have had so much rain in the past week and it’s supposed to rain all this week, too. I hope you have a pleasant night. xoxo

        1. Your cats show that they are loved and very well cared for. We have had a lot of rain too and could really use some drying out time. Thank you for visiting. Have a great day and week. Hugs

  8. That used to fascinate me when we lived in the farm and we would play around some of the wooded areas on the three mountains there. I can remember picking up those skeletons and trying to visualize what the critter looked like; Didn’t associate those skeletons with the critters on the trees. What a racket they created when they got going with their singing.

    1. I remember finding the skeletons all over different things. You are right that they make a racket and for that reason I am glad they don’t come here often.

  9. That is a truly amazing capture, Mags! I have only experienced cicadas once, in Maryland over 10 years ago. Much love from both of us πŸ™‚

  10. Oh my, dear Mags, that’s amazing that you were able to take that picture. I can see why you were so excited.
    You take such great photos. Thanks for sharing and also thanks for your prayers. I so appreciate that you take the time to pray for us. Things are slowly getting back to normal but still so much work to get done.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. Thank you I am glad you like the pictures. No need to thank me for the prayers, know that you are always in them though. I am glad to hear things are getting back to normal. My heart hurts for you having to work so hard to get things back in order. Hugs dear Julia

  11. Oh Sis! I remember these amazing photos! Yes. They still excite me to see nature at work with such perfection πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing such a delight ❀ Hugs!

    1. You are welcome sweet Sis and I am glad you enjoyed seeing the pictures again. I will never stop being amazed by nature. Hugs ❀

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