IMG_0514“What’s that red mark just above your lip?” my wife asked.

“I was hit by a cicada during this morning’s ride,” I answered.

“Ouch,” replied my wife. 

Nothing more need be said.  It’s cicada season here in Virginia and the insects are out in force. 

When I heard stories of the plagues visited by God on the Egyptians for refusing to free the Israelites, I was impressed at The Lord’s ability to conjure up these punishments.  I can’t speak for the other plagues, but the plague of locusts no longer seems far-fetched.  God simply timed the Jewish revolt with a cicada infestation.  Since the buggers keep regular schedules, with various species arriving every seven, seventeen, and other years like clockwork, that wouldn’t be terribly difficult for the Almighty.

Cicadas are everywhere.  Billions of them are in our trees, making a noise that sounds more like a flying saucer from a 1950s sci-fi movie than anything that occurs in nature.  They have a habit of dying by the hundreds on our property, with special attention paid to our front porch.  When they’re not dying, they’re either sitting in trees sounding like a UFO or flying.

It’s the flying part that is problematic.  In your car, they routinely splat against your windshield, leaving a nasty mess.  Guess what happens you ride a bicycle?

Congratulations, you’re right.

They are slow beasts with little ability to dart out of your way as you zip along a country lane.  On today’s 30 mile ride, I had two ricochet off my helmet, two others attach themselves to my jersey and shorts, and one who came within a few millimeters of visiting my mouth and instead left a red mark above my lip.

I understand the cicadas will be around for two or three more weeks.  They can’t leave soon enough.


6 thoughts on “Cicadas

  1. Yes! You hit it on the head (sorry about that) with the sci-fi sounds comparison–I heard them recently down in the Culpeper area. Different than the usual summer sounds…definitely spookier!

  2. Yuck! I remember them keeping me awake at night, as a child, and having at first just no idea what they were. My biking must have been slow enough not to have them splatter me. Gross!

  3. Hi Steve I have just returned from a visit to my daughters in NJ and came across the old Cicadas for the first time (nice). I rented a bike whilst there and enjoyed the passing comment from drivers whilst out cycling. Then came down to your area (the other side of Washington) Annapolis was nice but very hot last weekend and then we went to Mount Vernon. I felt I got a feeling for where you cycle and the look of the countryside. I will enjoy the blog more now I have a feel for the area. I just need to get used to the UK weather again.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s