The other day Wayne at Niches caught a cicada emerging and photographed it.
We used to find the shells (exoskeletons) everywhere as kids, but I hadn't found many lately. So after saying that publicly, of course I immediately started finding them everywhere.
I had told Wayne that we used to wear them around like brooches when we were little. I made my husband demonstrate:
Wayne is about four hours east of us, but at almost the same latitude, so why are his Bottlebrush Buckeyes (Aesculus parviflora) blooming so much earlier than ours? Blog-scooper!
Not yet blooming.