While we do get cicadas annually here in Ohio, once every 17 years there is a massive brood that emerges and 2016 was one of those years. Today, while visiting an area near the Bedford Reservation (part of the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park), I recorded the sound of thousands upon thousands of the cicadas which recently hatched. There were piles of their shells laying in the grass underneath the trees where they emerged, making for a very “crunchy” walk. A few cicadas were still crawling up a nearby tree but for the most part, they were already in the treetops. The sound was incredibly loud. My mother, who wears hearing aids, said it sounded like a never ending group of motorcycles. Here’s my video; you won’t see the thousands of cicadas but you will certainly hear them!
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