The call of the cicada is in some ways the sound of a Kansas summer. And children inspecting or playing with the discarded skin of a cicada is a sort of rite of passage in these parts. 

Greg Holmes has spent countless hours travelling around the country to record and video cicadas. And as you’ll learn in this episode there are many different types of cicadas – all of which have unique sounds and behaviors.  

Greg’s work and study of the cicada landed him an invitation to work on the production of a new series published by the BBC and now streaming on Discovery+  –  The Mating Game

In this episode, you’ll learn more about cicadas than you ever wanted to know. You’ll also learn more about a few of Greg’s other hobbies and passions – in what I hope you’ll find as an interesting and insightful conversation. 

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