Cicada Invasion

Anytime I hear of a cicada invasion (which is surprisingly more than you may think), I grin from ear to ear. I just love the whole idea of it. It's nature doing its thing and in the most surprising way. The Brood 2 cicadas spend 17 years underground before they reveal themselves en masse. They appear, mate, lay eggs, then die. 

Theses cicadas began to emerge last month and have been spotted from Florida all the way to Massachusetts. Their mating ritual is extraordinary. In a quick synopsis- the males gather high in trees on sunlit branches and sing 'choruses' together. The females signal with a 'wing flick' in response to the males of the same species and life cycle. The wing flicks generate a broad frequency sound from a gentle whisper to a loud pop. Males decipher the visual and audio components and respond accordingly to find their match. Fantastic...

In preparation for the cicadas arrival, Anderson Design Group in Nashville created these incredible art prints. Knowing they woud be host to the swarming multitudes, they figured why not celebrate it? I concur. And this is a great keepsake for their short but oh so memorable visit...

 

Prints: Anderson Design Group     Content: Sweet Peach