Brood X

Well, this post has been saved in my drafts folder for weeks. I was excited to report on a plague of (harmless) cicadas coating the trees, filling the air, and making conversation impossible. I even had this article ready to share about the 17-year cicadas who appeared in 2017, 4 years before they were supposed to.

I thought all of Indiana would be blanketed with bugs. Turns out it was a big bust in our area.

here’s a picture of me with one of the Brood X cicadas

Plenty of periodical cicadas from Brood X were to be found in Bloomington and Indianapolis, so I was told. Shame on me, I guess, for not taking the two hour drive to get the full experience. Northwest Indiana was only sporadic. I heard one or more cicadas calling in Potato Creek State Park in mid June. My daughter was the first to point out a cicada calling from our front porch just a week ago. But … that’s about it.

So… until 2038, I guess I’ll just have to settle for our annual cicadas, which should be appearing soon. A fun fact that I learned this year: “The life cycle of a so-called annual cicada typically spans 2 to 5 years; they are “annual” only in the sense that members of the species reappear annually”

And with that, I leave you with an interspecies jam session:

2 Replies to “Brood X”

  1. Sr. Shirley

    To be honest, Adam, I was very happy that they didn’t swarm around here! The stories from Sisters living in Cincinnati during cicada season was a vision in my mind of The Birds!! I love nature but No Thanks!

    • Adam Thada Post author

      To each their own, surely 🙂

      I’m glad to hear the cicadas are apparently not the source of the mysterious infection that is afflicting our avian neighbors.


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