Just noticed this evening a very loud chorus of cicadas. Looking at the brood maps, it didn't look like we were expected to have a large infestation (SE WI). But, I swear this is one of the largest emergences I've heard.
Medinac, you are just a bit south of me (Des Plaines) and I agree they are normal this year. . . but the "normal" has always been too loud for me! My gosh, when I'm sitting under my maple on the patio and they're singing hot and heavy, it's enough to put a 1970's rock concert to shame! And I wonder when one of the seemingly thousands will fall on me. But, they never do, thank God. Forget reading out there. Along with the humidity and heat, I'm inside 'till fall.
Kayly - I bet all your cicadas drowned with all the rain you've been getting up there huh??!!! Yep, that's when you know we're in the dog days of summer, when the cicadas start singing. Sherri, I'm with you, it's just been too humid outside to do much. I like the early mornings and then that's it. I've been inside taking a break inside with a/c and getting caught up on reading!
There's a huge one that plastered itself to my kitchen window screen last night and stayed there for at least several hours. You wonder . . . what is going through his (or her) head? He must have something better to do than plaster himself to a screen and stay stock still for hours. (At least I wonder these things, but I'm a bit quirky!)
Sherri - You're funny! Ah but we're all a bit quirky sometimes. I don't know about all of you but I remember being a kid and we had the 17 year one's come out. I remember so many of them flying through the air and into mine and my friend's hair. We looked like a crazy freaks flailing around trying to get them out! Yuck, that was awful...at least the last batch of 17 years ones didn't seem that bad.
They're very noisy here as well. Maybe the warmer temps encourage more vocalization? Seems the hotter it gets, the louder they get. They were quite noisy last night since the air temps were still in the 80's at 10 pm.