Sunday, June 28, 2015

Buggy Out

It's buggy out there! The main insect this year is the seventeen year cicada. Internet sources say this is the Magicicada Periodical Cicada, Brood IV. This is the first time I've seen these in Kansas, although my youngest brother says he remembers their last hatch. I think they're cute! They don't bite and are small that our usual cicadas, so they are less intimidating. And their color scheme is much more appealing than their kin. I've never seen their numbers, though! They absolutely cover the trunks of trees, are spread out in the tree canopies, and cover the garage doors at night time. When they sing they can be deafening. I have a dB application on my phone, and at work I measured 98 dB at the base of a tree! The occupationally harmful level is 85 dB. It's more of a constant vibration, too, not like the pulsating vibrations of our typical cicadas.

As for other insects like mosquitoes, the population count hasn't been that bad. We've had a wet spring but for some reason they haven't been bad. I have coworkers that say the ticks are bad this year, but we haven't had a problem yet.

The other insects I sketched happened to show up by our night light on the garage and I found them interesting. I took cell phone pictures of all of them for sketching purposes. Live sketch time just hasn't happened lately. I like to email them to our home account and print them off so I can sketch them over lunch hours at my local coffee shop.

I like to journal about these things because this serves as a timestamp for things that happen around here. As soon as the seventeen year hatch began I knew that they'd end up in my journal. Next hatch - I can count the years and see if it was really seventeen years. Mother nature's timing is amazing.



6 comments:

Donn said...

Nice journal page.

A.M.Jacob said...

I love hearing cicadas. I haven't heard them in many years. We don't have them here in Northern California. Very nice sketches, and very interesting story. Gives me the feel of a time and place.

Cathy Holtom said...

Interesting post, listening to cicadas in the gsrden right now!

winna said...

Yikes, on the garage doors being covered and it's "time to sweep off the cicadas"....I'd just have to pack up the Dart and take off for Maine...leaving my family wondering if I really wasn't making supper, as they peer out the window...


Love all the facts you gather and the great sketching.

Marva said...

Love your sketches John! We drove through Kansas on the way back to Colorado in july. I was surprised how humid it was in Topeka!!! Not as bad as PA but still much worse than I remember..

Anonymous said...

only way that may work to get your site so I receive it...when my computer broke down I lost all my emails and some followers etc...winna