Pat Shingleton: "The Shell Game"
Love bugs are back and another sound hints at the end of summer and the early beginnings of autumn. We when were kids, we'd collect what we called "locust" shells from a variety of tree trunks. These insects weren't locusts but Cicadas and the sound they make comes only from the male. Tymbals, attached to the stomach muscles of the Cicada vibrate to create the sound. This begins the process of exiting its shell. Once we would hear the sound we'd look to areas of the tree to watch it fly out and away. Kids do goofy things and many of us would collect and attach the shells to a shirt or sweatshirt to aggravate the neighborhood girls as "Eeks" were common. In the upcoming weeks the Whoolyworm's stripe could be a Winter predictor.