This is WHAT it will become...
|Photo by Digilbo|
This insect's amazing lifestyle has been a source of fascination since ancient times. Several cultures, such as the ancient Chinese, regarded these insects as powerful symbols of rebirth.
Cicadas spend most of their time underground feeding on roots. But every now and then they come out. There are annual and periodical cicadas. The cicadas in a periodical cicada population are synchronized so that almost all of them mature into adults in the same year. The fact that these cicadas remain locked together in time is made even more amazing by their extremely long life-cycles of 13 to 17 years."
"Cicadas help the environment. They improve soil, provide food for other animals and prune treetops. Periodical cicadas achieve astounding population densities, as high as 1.5 million per acre. Densities of tens to hundreds of thousands per acre are more common.
Some people even like to eat the bugs! Whether they're curious or doing it for shock value, people are eating cicadas. Eating cicadas is not a new thing. People have been eating them for centuries.
"When you eat them when they're soft and mushy, when they come out of their skin, they taste like cold, canned asparagus," Kritsky said.
Cicadas are harmless. They do not bite or sting defensively, nor do they attack people. If a cicada lands on you, it does so only because it finds you to be a convenient place to land."
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And KUDOS to the following:
Joey at the The Village Voice who discovered the very same creature in her soil way far away in Michigan. So nice to know we have such a deep connection.
Holley at Roses and Other Gardening Joys who made me smile with her Mexican Jumping Beans guess.
Beth at PlantPostings who knew it's a big year for Cicadas. Not so much here in Utah but surely in the south.
Christine at The Gardening Blog who's seen similar in her own garden.
Karen at Glimpses of Glory who is a new visitor to my gardens... so glad you found me!
And Susan at Ink and Pestemon whose comments are always a welcome sight.
And for the curious,
no... it hasn't emerged yet.
At least I don't really know. I just leave them in the soil when I find them so that they may fulfill the measure of their creation. (Don't wanna mess with Mother Nature.)