Wednesday, November 07, 2007

bug on my house

bug on my house
Originally uploaded by minor americans
what IS it.


Michelle Detorie said...

cicada shell?

kathryn l. pringle said...


they have shells??? are you kidding me? this is not even a bug? it is a shell of a bug?


do you think it is still inside? do they go in and out of them like hermit crabs?

o my god!

don't they go away for the winter? like the skeeters?

-k said...

Yep, cicada. Not sure the year for this one.

We had a summer ultimate team called "Cicada Smoothie" during the 2004 DC invasion of 17-year cicadas. They covered everything: trees, fields, buildings, even pets. Lots of dogs ate them and got stomach aches. Our cats kept pouncing at the windows every time they flew by -- like for two straight months.

kathryn l. pringle said...

yr kidding. right?

does that happen here? because... i don't think i would like that at all.

is it IN THERE still?

o, this is just grossing me out.

-k said...

Nah, it's gone. Just a shell.

The mid-Atlantic is full of them. I think some species have 13 year cycles, others have 17. And a few get messed up and emerge early or late depending on weather conditions or changes to the food supply (underground tree roots). The shell is a one-time thing.

This is probably not something that sounds, um, super appealing, but at least a few folks are known to gather the shells and make string necklaces.

kathryn l. pringle said...

i understand the making of the necklace way more than the wearing of the necklace.

o dear. the bugs are never going away.

Chris Vitiello said...

it's a republican, kate

kathryn l. pringle said...

ew... get it off!

Anonymous said...

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