The cicada invasion….yuck!

Since we homeschool we are used to grabbing the “teachable moment”, but that doesn’t mean I always like them.  Case in point…cicadas.

These disgusting little creatures have begun digging out of the ground and area crawling all over our yard.  We step out onto our porch to find their discarded shells left to be crunched underfoot if you don’t watch where you are going.  I’m sure we must look pretty ridiculous hopping and jumping our way up the steps, across the deck and into the house.  No matter how many time I tell Little Yoda that they don’t bite, he still finds them pretty intimidating.

So after the third hop and jump today we decided to do a little research.  We found out what their life cycle is like, how long they will stay around, and why they make that God-awful noise.  If you search google you can find out way more than you ever wanted to know.  The kids liked listening to the recordings of them, if for no other reason than to make me crazy.

This site is pretty cool.

http://www.cicadamania.com/

And hey, if you get hungry you can always try eating them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/cicada-recipes_n_3272597.html

Unfortunately, it seems that people like myself who are allergic to shellfish shouldn’t eat them.   I’m so disappointed!

The kids and I agree that the best thing about these darn cicadas is that they only last about four to six weeks and then they are gone for the next seventeen years.  That’s my kind of bug.  Now if only we could figure out a way to make the stink bugs disappear like that!