Jul 28, 2014
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Wedding Wednesday

What does a love song sound like ? Well, the other day I was listening to the radio and a "bug" doctor was reporting on the upcoming end of dormancy for cicadas. Every seventeen years, cicadas come out of their homes, only when the soil reaches 64 degrees, and make themselves known. Cicadas are tree insects measuring approximately one inch in length.Cicadas are probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by multitudes of insects into an overpowering hum. Males produce this species-specific noise with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. The sounds vary widely and some species are more musical than others. Though cicada noises may sound alike to humans, the insects use different calls to express alarm or attract mates Why talk about cicadas on Wedding Wednesdays ? While I was listening to the radio interview with the "bug" doctor, callers were lamenting their woes about cicadas. . .The cicada population is said to be 600,000 per person, so riding a motorcycle without a helmet or goggles could prove to be challenging. If you have a swimming pool, once they shed their shells you more than likely will find more than your friends enjoying a refreshing afternoon dip. If you live in the center of Connecticut you will find the population of cicadas will the most densely populated. After answering all of the callers questions, the "bug" doctor said "Don't be annoyed by the call of the male and female cicadas ... sit back and enjoy their love song." Like the lyrics of a beautiful love song ... that touched my heart

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