Billions of cicadas, members of Brood X, are emerging from the Earth. They are molting. They are having sex, their butts are falling off . They are involved with a psychedelic fungus.
But perhaps nothing is more glorious than the simple presence of the cicadas themselves. What do cicadas look like in up-close detail, and also in large numbers? Glad you asked.
We’ll start with some cicadas molting:
Cicadas make wonderful use of their shells, using them to adorn plants:
Cicadas can even subtly decorate your yard fixtures….
….or help out with landscaping:
Yes, animals love cicadas:
Because the grand spectacle of this particular brood of these awe-inspiring creatures come but once every 17 years, we want to leave you with some cicadas shells for the road: