Friday, April 12, 2013

The History

Plagues of locusts may have made it into the Bible, but the flush of periodical cicadas that emerge every 13 or 17 years have also gained plenty of notoriety in history and family lore.
While the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock apparently mistook periodical cicadas for locusts, gentleman farmer Thomas Jefferson knew a cicada when he saw — or heard — one in 1775. Just a year before he penned the Declaration of Independence, he wrote about the cicada emergence at Monticello in his garden book. And it’s the very same brood, number II, that’s expected to emerge this spring over a large swath of land from Georgia to Connecticut. Read more here and please submit your "war" stories. Did you survive the invasion?
Formica et Cicada -Technically an illustration of "The Ant & The Grasshopper" from a 1590 illustration of Aesop's fable/flickr/CC-BY-2.0

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