|This empty cicada skin caught my eye. Click on the photos to enlarge.|
|Here is a periodical cicada from the 2013 emergence, for comparison. Click here to read my eye-witness account of that event.|
The males settle down and sings to attract females to mate. Different species of cicadas sing different songs and at different times of day or night. They sing with an organ called a timbal which is made of ribbed membranes that change shape with a click when pulled on by muscles. The clicks are magnified by various hollow chambers in the insect.
The dog days of summer were named by the ancients for the appearance of the dog star in the sky near dawn in July and August. We are in the dog days now; it's hot and humid, and the nights are loud with the songs of dog day cicadas.