One of my favorite sounds of the summer is the song of the Cicada.
Here is an excellent video that gives you a great sample. Chances are you have heard this sound if you spend any time outdoors in the summer.
I absolutely LOVE living in the woods on our little farm, Pamela Farms. Almost every day offers a magical and quite spiritual experience of connecting so closely with nature. Today was an exceptionally brilliant day where nature gifted me the experience to watch an elusive Green Cicada emerge from one form to the next.
There are many different species of Cicada, this one is O. viridis.
O. viridis is rather unusual in a large genus of 60 otherwise cold-adapted, mostly western U.S. species, that it is instead found in the warmer southern forests of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Texas. It is almost solid bright green, and it sings from high in trees during the summer day and sometimes at dusk.
O. viridis is uncommon in collections, and seems to be restricted to remaining small forest patches near lowland river deltas, such as the forest here at Pamela Farms.
The one that I have pictured above, is an "annual", that lays eggs every year. After they hatch, they go in the ground as a grub type thing to later emerge as the brown one you see in the picture, and then come out of that shell as the green one...spread their wings and fly away to the nearest tree to sing its song to start the yearly cycle again.
There are also Cicada's that only come out of the ground every 13 years, and others that come out every 17 years. They really are quite interesting.
This year actually in June, Brood XXII hatched from a 13 year cycle, but we did not see any. We certainly have been enjoying their songs though.
What are some of your favorite sounds of summer?