All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Periodical Cicada</strong>
<em>Magicicada septendecim</em>
Great Smoky Mountains NP
May 10, 2008

These cicadas were everywhere in Cades Cove the day we hiked there. The ground had thousands of holes where they had emerged; the grass, tree...
Periodical Cicada
Magicicada septendecim
Great Smoky Mountains NP
May 10, 2008

These cicadas were everywhere in Cades Cove the day we hiked there. The ground had thousands of holes where they had emerged; the grass, trees, and even fence posts had discarded nymph skins, and the newly emerged adults were drying their wings wherever they could. We could hear the males in the forest making their high-pitched mating calls.

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