Sunday, June 10, 2007

17-year buzz

Here in Chicago, the 17-year cicadas are crawling out of the ground and beginning their life's quest: to find a mate and create new life that will...stay in the ground for 17 years and crawl out for their life's quest. Chicago papers have featured recipes for the creepy, red-eyed bugs (no, thanks), and now one local citizen offers you streaming audio of the buzzing call (which can be heard, I am told, from inside a running car with its windows closed and AC going). If you are not in a 17-year cicada zone, you might want to benefit from this gentleman's technical offering. Clicking on the link will bring up a map; you have to click on the third box down the Chicago list to get the streaming audio. Please note: cicadas generally "sing" only between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Time; the box will be orange if the stream is running.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

sometimes I am thankful to be human. Our creator must have some reason to have made the cicada other than its cycle of hibernation terminating in a frying pan. If that delicacy does not appeal to you, there is always a palate pleasing entre called nutria stew, the principal ingredient of which can be picked up lining the canals in Louisiana.
UMMMMMMMMM. The discards make neat fur coats.
Let the cicadas compete with that.