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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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July 18: Picture of the Day

July 18, 2010 at 07:29 AM

They’re back.

For the past few nights I’ve been hearing cicadas calling at night. So I went looking for a shell and found this old remnant on our deck. I know it wasn’t there previously, even though the poor thing looks as though it’s about 100 years old what with the coating of wood chip, pet hair and spider web.

According to the Web site Cicada Central, we aren’t due for a really big brood until next summer. But stragglers can emerge one year early or one year late, so maybe this was a member of Brood 19, whose family we will see more of next summer.

In any case, more impressive to me than cicadas are cicada killer wasps. Here’s hoping we’ll soon have a picture of one of those huge wasps gracing this blog.

Until then, enjoy the evening buzz.


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