Thursday, July 30, 2009
It was after 11 pm, I opened the back door to join my husband and sit in the back yard to enjoy a cool, quiet evening. As soon as I stepped out, I heard this god-awful loud (and I mean LOUD) screeching/chirping and saw a huge, round "thing" fly up and down in front of me! I was beyond screaming, I was actually frozen and shaking in terror. The next thing I hear is my husband telling me to quickly close the door. Too late---"it" flew in. Still barely able to say anything and still shaking, I asked him what that was and he didn't know. We looked in our bedroom to make sure it didn't fly in THERE, but it was playing on us that it was in the house SOMEWHERE. I got up (after by some miracle getting sleep), went into the kitchen to get coffee around 6:45 AM and------GASP!!------there it was on the counter, dead. Or so we thought. My VERY BRAVE husband poked it and it flinched (and we both jumped back as though we were getting an electrical shock). He took a Styrofoam bowl, covered it, dragged it to the edge of the counter, then covered the bowl with a small pot lid, and put it outside (and it flew away). I AGAIN asked him what was that??!! Neither one of us STILL didn't know. I googled the word "locust", clicked onto "images" and then-----OMG!! It was a CICADA!! Can you believe it! It became dormant because of the air conditioning (thankfully). Google it and read about them sometime, it is very interesting! Apparently, I startled it. I sure won't forget this experience anytime soon! Thankfully, they're harmless and more afraid of US.