This photo was taken on May 26 at 11:43 AM.
The location was on my back porch in Beltsville, MD.
The "Take It!" was an easy decision as these insects are just getting started on their once in 17 year rotational visit. It is an amazing phenomenon as they remain underground feeding
off of the roots of trees for that long between appearances.
This is early on in their visit - as in a few days they will fill the sky - and - the air will also be full of the weird raspy hum they produce as they go about their mating ritual.
Why these two happened to land on my back porch and be facing each other - is one of those " who knows " things but it was the first time I had ever seen such a positioning after having
witnessed two other such mass outings since moving to this part of the country.
For those who are seeing this for the first time - it is truly amazing.
Fortunately they are full from having been eating all those years while underground - so do not form a blight and eat all the vegetation like swarming locust do in other parts of the world.
Nature has its marvels - and this is one of them.
I have never heard of anyone describing this as being a tourist attraction - as it is sort of icky - lol
This soon enough will be over - and it will be another 17 years before we see them again.
Here is hoping Spring has been a joy wherever you are.
All my best.
PS: While this is happening - it is not the best of times for motorcycle riders - nor is it the time for top down convertible drives.