after 17 years of being in the ground they come out like this...
and then they come out by the thousands....and i mean thousands as in millions....and do this EVERYWHERE
leaving behind this all over trees, plants, picnic tables...
and then they go up in the trees and make all that sound trying to attract mates so they can do this...
and then the females lay a bunch of eggs in the ground and those stay there for another 17 years.
i took my daughter on a walk to the back side of our property and i heard some cracking and a tall spindly tree that was totally loaded with them fell over and broke. most of the time we were walking we were having to dodge cicadas flying around and bumping into us.
these things aren't small, either. about an inch to an inch and a half.
tons of fun.
Man, I remember finding those shells EVERYWHERE on trees and poo when I was kid. Never knew what they were called and have always wanted to see what one outside of its shell looked like. I would seriously actively go around looking in the woods and poo when I was little trying to find a live one because they were some of the weirdest looking things I'd ever seen.
And it was even more interesting than I ever thought it would be (17 fuging years? And completely changing colors/form that quick?).
You just fulfilled one of my childhood curiosities, sir. Enjoy the pie.