Monday, August 26, 2013

The Chorus of the Cicada

For many people, there is something particularly fascinating, and even horrifying about the life cycle of the giant cicada.

Photo courtesy Erin X. Smithers

The bug lives a solitary lifestyle underground for 17 years and then emerges in a blur of wings and mating songs with billions of other bugs to reproduce and spawn another generation of cicadas.

Photo courtesy Erin X. Smithers

2013 was the year of the cicada. On August 24, 2013 the Myth Makers brought this bug to life!

Photo courtesy Tom Lincoln

Do you know the legend about cicadas? They say they are the souls of poets who cannot keep quiet because, when they were alive, they never wrote the poems they wanted to.

- John Berger

Photo courtesy Erin X. Smithers

Update: Emily Yen captured the performance on video.