The Cicadas Are Back

Photo by Daryln Brewer Hoffstot The Cicadas Are Back
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I think they’ll miss the party,” said John Wenzel, director of Powdermill Nature Reserve when I sent him these photographs of a cicada nymph shedding its skin. The nymph hatched too early, he told me, and will have difficulty finding a mate.

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No doubt my photos were commonplace to an entomologist, but I had never seen such a performance. I came upon hundreds of cicadas on the lilac branches while I was pruning, then noticed them on the peonies and the hydrangea. But when I spotted one hatching on the boxwood, I was transfixed, put down the garden tools and began taking photographs.

After seventeen years, the cicadas are back in Westmoreland Country.

Daryln Brewer Hoffstot

Daryln Brewer Hoffstot is a freelance writer. She has a master’s of fine arts in writing from Bennington College.

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