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Cicadas finally emerge in Westchester
When we moved into our house near Ossining’s Teatown Lake Reservation 17 years ago, it was right about the time that the cicadas last emerged from underground to finally become adults and finish out their life cycle.
On Thursday night, the next generation of cicadas finally announced their arrival in the woods across from Teatown. They weren’t going to let a downpour spoil their coming out.
So loud was the strumming, and so wild compared with the usual rhythmic croaking of peepers and the hoot of the resident owl, that our charging dogs, eager to get outdoors, stopped dead in their tracks for a better listen before trotting back inside.
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Their appearance has been eagerly anticipated. Two weeks ago the annual Teatown plant sale was abuzz with cicada talk. In this cool spring, when would the earth reach that perfect 64-degree temperature that lets the cicada know it’s time to go. They will emerge in a wave up the East Coast — billions of them — when the ground says so.
They seem canny creatures and knew to fall silent when my husband and I turned on the patio lights to get closer to record them. We were less obtrusive later, and successfully recorded the rare mating call. (Listen Here)
We emailed it to our son, who lives out of state and was a preteen the last time the cicadas were here. He was thrilled.
“This is better than my [white] noise machine,” he wrote back. “I’ll just play this when I go to bed tonight.”
I haven’t checked to see if he got any sleep.