Before you tell me to get my mind out of the gutter, I must first tell you what is going on in the gutter, and in the street and on the sidewalk right in front of my house: There is a great big orgy taking place. All over the place, couples are pairing off and doing the above wherever they feel like it. One has to be careful not to step on them mid-coitus.
I'd been told that the males had red eyes while the females did not, but thought this must be a legend, as it seemed to me that all the cicadas I saw had red eyes. However, it is pretty evident in this photo that the female's eyes are more orange than the male's. Also, it would appear that she is in the dominant position, as her wings are on top.
Now, I keep finding cicada corpses with their eyes bitten out. Am I to assume that birds did that, or that their heads fell off after death? Or do female cicadas kill their mates during the act? (I must go find the O'Brian scene where Stephen is showing Jack how a praying mantis will keep copulating with his partner after his head has been bitten off...)
Also, George Bush approval ratings tanking, according to The Washington Post. I continue to maintain that the teeny sampling of people in these surveys don't represent the views of a majority of Americans, even when I heartily applaud the poll results, but maybe if these are widely enough reported, on-the-fence people will pay attention.