The Cicadas Have Landed
If you have a keen eye, you might have noticed that a swarm of cicadas has landed in Allentown. The artistic bugs have attached themselves to storefronts, signs and lampposts. In fact, if you've lived in Buffalo for any duration of time, you should be familiar with the living version of these artistic creatures - the cicada. Back on '05 I was talking to one of my neighbors when one a screeching cicada flew out of the sky and hit him on the head. At that time I wrote this post.
Now the cicadas are back in a more colorful form. I have heard that artist Tim Hess is behind the appearance of these cleverly made critters. Half the fun is finding them. You may notice a large concentration around the corner of Elmwood and Allen. Sweet Tooth, Steel Crazy, Quaker Bonnet - all of these buildings boast one of the bugs.
From the original post:
These insects can be heard all summer long in the city. It is such a constant sound that you almost forget that they are here at all. How loud are cicadas? Some have been measured at 100 decibels at 20 yards away, which is loud enough to be heard over a lawnmower. An interesting thing to listen for on an evening walk in late summer is the end of the cicada chorus, which comes at dark. One by one, the males that produce the sound quite for the day and the drone gradually gives way to the sounds of the city.