June 4, 2013
Hear that buzz? If you’re at the Community Foundation’s offices in Morristown or countless other places in the northeast, it’s the swarm of cicadas sitting outside your window.
Observing Brood II’s ancestors as they invaded his Monticello, VA home in 1775, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “They come out of the ground from a prodigious depth.” Prodigious and also determined, Brood II has spent the last 17 years living underground to avoid predators—feeding on tree xylum and preparing to emerge when the time is right.
Since our unexpected guests will only stay for a few weeks before their next invasion in 2030, we’ve resolved to be gracious hosts and applaud their clarity of purpose and determination.