“The cicadas sang louder and yet louder. The sun did not rise, it overflowed.” – Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine
Cicadas are found on every continent except Antarctica. These robust insects mature underground before emerging in the late spring/early summer to molt and mate. Most species, known as “annual” cicadas, take around a year to complete their life cycle. However, some species, called “periodical” cicadas, spend 17 stalwart years in the dirt before reaching maturity. These individuals are easily distinguished from their annual counterparts by their bright red eyes.