Brood Thirteen / One Noisy Summer

Last summer, thanks to some nesting robins (Turdus migratorius) behind the house, I got to do a bit of natural history writing on the ol' blugule. This summer, though, the robins failed to return. It appears, however, that the Big Screeching Bugs (cicadas) will be back, so there should be plenty to write about.

From the Wikipedia entry on the genus Magicada:

"The next brood to emerge is Brood XIII—the Northern Illinois Brood. After a seventeen-year hiatus, this brood is scheduled to emerge in 2007, in northern Illinois and in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana. However, sightings in northern Illinois have occurred as early as May 2006."

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