The Wonder of Periodical Cicadas

Mating, molting, and the joy of making music every 17 years

Holes made by emerging periodic cicadas in Central Illinois. Photo: Melissa Gouty

“Listen. Just Listen.”

I stepped outside and walked into the yard on a late May day. Finally, after a cool, rainy spring, the weather was beginning to warm and the sun was starting to shine. My husband ran up to me, smiling, pulling the headphones off my head, saying,

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