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After 12 years of full-time rving, we've sold our truck and trailer but we're still traveling. Email us at wowpegasus@hotmail.com if you would like to contact us.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Hiking Sights

I've seen this before but I still don't know what it is

There were definitely some hungry bugs around.

This guy almost posed for a photo

Just about every Mayapple I saw looked like this.

Looks like maybe eggs had been laid on the bottom of the leaves.

Blue Heron in Kendall Lake in Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The 17 year Cicada are out in force in the Eastern US this summer.  You can hear them everywhere you go.  Very loud day and night.

The adults molt once after they emerge from the ground.  Since they have exoskeletons, the old one is left hanging wherever they molted.  This one almost looks like it has a worm crawling out of it.

Some trees and bushes were covered in old exoskeletons.

Although the periodical cicada lay their eggs in the trees, the nymphs fall to the ground and burrow down about 2'.  There they chew on the roots of the trees for 13 to 17 years before emerging in mass to start the process over again.

Another exoskeleton hanging out.

They must really have those feet anchored into the leaves.

These two were fulfilling the reason for their emergence

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