Molting season

Annual cicadas, also known as “dog day cicadas” for their late-summer droning sounds, are beginning to make their way out of the ground to climb trees and other objects to make the transition from larvae to fully-winged adults, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. This one appeared overnight, settling on a heart-shaped morning glory leaf on Quill staffer Katie Dudden’s porch. Cicadas are a popular bait for anglers, and some people believe the number of weeks to the first frost ending the growing season can be calculated based on when cicadas first sing in summer.

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