17 Year Cicadas

Brood IV, the 17-year cicadas, launched last month in Kansas and in five other states. These cicadas have been in the ground in their nymph stage for 17 years before they finally emerged. The females then lay eggs, which when they hatch, will drop to the ground and burrow for 17 years. I marvel at our wonderful Creator, who has intricately fashioned even the smallest insect.

Christopher captured a time-lapse video of one emerging from its shell, and I thought you’d enjoy some pictures with Abby too.


Just so you don’t think your speakers have a problem, this one does not have music.


The shells left behind.
The shells left behind.


“And God made the beast of the earth after his kind,
and cattle after their kind, and every thing that
creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God
saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1:25

7 thoughts on “17 Year Cicadas”

  1. I’m a country girl, born and raised but for some reason I have a fear of these little critters. I’m glad to see the Maxwell children holding them.
    Love the video! Thanks for posting that for us to see.


    Abby loved them. 😉 It was cute.

  2. very interesting! I don’t think I would feel as friendly to them as Abby though:) We are just getting over June bugs and more dog ticks this year then we have seen in our past 10 years living here.(Eastern Canada) I have been feeling a little creepy crawly lately.

    Oh, I can’t take ticks; June bugs are rough too! Cicadas are much nicer. 😉

  3. God is SO amazing! Abby is quite brave to have them climb all over her, I know I wouldn’t!

  4. I love sitting on my back patio listening to my garden pond and the cicadas. It is usually in the late evening after I have watered and done some things around outside (weeding, deadheading flowers, and the like), and then the lightening bugs come out! It is the perfect end to the day.

  5. Loved the video; very neat! Abby’s cute; she reminds me a lot of Melanie. 🙂

  6. At first I thought “yuck!”, but after doing a little research on these, I am fascinated! My mom used to live in southern Nevada where cicadas were a normal summertime insect, but they are completely different from these 17-year cicadas! So I learned something new — thank you! Abby is brave. I’m pretty sure I could not be convinced to hold one.

    I think I saw one of those “normal” ones today ;). Much different, I agree!

  7. I bet their chickens are loving this time of the 17 year cicadas!

    Oh yes ;). They did!

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