The cicadas have arrived!
I ate McDonalds with them on a bench at the Manassas battlefield this morning, and had plenty of time to wonder about their adorable little lives -- do they eat? Do they just need to molt and climb a tree and that's it, or do they still need to mate and make more little cicadas? Of course the answers are a few clicks away.
Well, the females sing a song to attract a mate, and after the female has mated, she climbs a tree and lays her hundreds of eggs in the tree's branches. Does this mean that the cicadas I saw climbing had already mated and were about their life's work? Maybe so. In most cases, the cidadas are useful to the trees and plants around them, becuase the little nymphs aererate the soil.
Cicadas eat a little nectar while they're alive, and can live for 4-6 weeks. They don't bite or sting at all. One was agreeable to climbing on my finger and up my arm, so I know the reason they can walk straight up tree trunks is because their feet are like little mountain-climbing crampons.
Welcome, welcome, cicadas!