by Carl Strang
Sunday was hot, sunny, and nearly calm, good conditions for seeking short grass prairie cicadas in DuPage County. The University of Illinois at Chicago research group had not sought them in my county, but I knew of two remnant prairies that were good possibilities. I started at the West Chicago Prairie Forest Preserve. The first short trail loop from the parking lot goes through a high quality prairie portion, and as it happened that was all I needed.
Having established them in one location I went on to the Belmont Prairie, a state Nature Preserve managed by the Downers Grove Park District.
Some clouds had come in, but the sun appeared frequently, and I heard a few cicada songs.
That may be as much as I will be able to do with this species this year, as the end of its brief activity period is approaching.