The Cicadas Have Started to Buzz, the Dog Days of Summer Are Here!

Does it feel like a time of madness when wine sours and both man and beast hover on the edges of despair and rage? Welcome to the dog days of summer!

Dog Days of Summer

This is the period of the year the ancient Romans called the “dog days” in honor of the rising of the dog star, Sirius, with the morning sun. They thought the heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, bad luck, and often unbearable humidity of the late summer and start of the fall were due to the combined powers of these two stars bearing down on the Earth.

Cicada Songs

One sure sign that dog days are upon us and fall is just around the corner is the buzzing song of the cicada, opens a new window. It’s a song I listen for each year.

Folk legend says that when you hear the first song of the dog-day cicadas, it means there's just six weeks until the first frost.

Cicada Books

Want more of these curious insects? Check out one of these cicada-themed books.





Cicada's Song

Full Cicada Moon

The Bizarre Life Cycle of A Cicada

Cecil Singer Cicada

Cicada Summer

The Queen of the Cicadas

The Year of the Cicadas

Saving Cicadas