cicada

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cicadaThe cicadas have taken off with a vengence this last fortnight as summer has kicked up the thermostat. They are emerging from their underground burrows where they have been living for up to seven years feeding on the sap of tree roots. In the morning these discarded shells cling to outside walls and tree stems.

When we were children my sister and I collected them by the handful and wore them as brooches on our tops or stuck them in our hair. While I write this at 7am they are in full swing and their mating songs are nearly deafening. They rarely live ‘in the fresh air’ for more than a week, which seems an incredibly short time after living underground for so long and must be why they give it all they have got to attract a mate.

8 thoughts on “cicada

    coastalcrone said:
    December 22, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Great shot! We share our backyard with these.

    The Jagged Man said:
    December 21, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Love the reasoning for their very “vocal” chorus! It amazes me that those who dwell in cities find their song to be a nuisance……. passing cars at all hours, sirens, late night parties and the such do not rate as noise but their song of life is intolerable. Just a passing thought.
    Great post! Maybe I can find the photo of The Bride showing a live one off as it was resting on here fingers……

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 22, 2012 at 5:48 am

      I would love to see the one on her fingers. I have only seen two up close. Both common ‘Green Grocers’ one on the deck railing flew off just as I saw it and one in the mouth of the mother butcherbird, also sitting on the same railing just before she feed it to her large offspring squawking beside her… not the same day though!

    kirbysdawgblog said:
    December 21, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    They are not pretty little things are they……..eek….yet I could see them making nice broches!:)

      margosnotebook responded:
      December 21, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      my grand-daughters also went eek but then one overcame her fear and ended up putting a whole circle around her neck like a garland!

        kirbysdawgblog said:
        December 21, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Well she won’t be scared anymore.I used to be that way with snakes, till my mom, another animal lover made me hold garden ones all the time, Im still not a snake person, but Im not scared of them either. Love your blog 🙂

        margosnotebook responded:
        December 21, 2012 at 2:25 pm

        Like the sound of your mum I love to see the kids handling bugs and things and learning to be respectful and careful with them. Thanks for visiting!
        Margo

        kirbysdawgblog said:
        December 22, 2012 at 8:51 am

        Your welcome:)

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