Photo of a cicada sitting on a plant stem.

Image by JamesDeMers from Pixabay

Cicadas — they’re back! This batch after being underground for 17 years. They bring a new tune or “song” for 2021, which is loudly sung by the male and female.

“It is a joy to be back after 17 years, to get adjusted again to the wilderness and flying around,” they’ll say. “While people fear us we are no threat to people or to animals. We hum very loudly our own songs of rhythm. We look funny to people. We enjoy the trees and the flowers and the garden and nature at its best. We sing all day and fly all day.”

So sit back, relax, and listen to their summer songs. Everybody have a great “Humming Day!”

And if you want to another seasonal hit you can dance to, “Hot fun in the Summertime” by Sly and the Family Stone is the best song for the cicadas.

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