Monday, July 04, 2005


This cicada was probably newly emerged from the underground nymph form. He just sat there and made no attempt to fly. These guys produce a constant buzzing drone during the summertime. We have a giant wasp known as a "Cicada Killer" that specializes in hunting these insects as a food source for the wasp's larvae. Posted by Picasa

7 comments:

swamp4me said...

They've been emerging up here, too. Yesterday my husband found one at the base of one of his tomato plants in the garden.

Floridacracker said...

I remember one day as a Park Ranger having some tourists ask me, "What is that buzzing"
At first I wasn't sure what they meant, the droning is so incessant that I think my brain had filtered it out. I had to stop and "relisten" to know what they were talking about.

swamp4me said...

I can relate. I'm that way about green treefrogs. Visitors will ask what's making all that "noise" and I will have to stop and think to sort out what I'm hearing. I usually end up asking, "You mean that airplane?" Guess I just don't think of natural sounds as noise.

thingfish23 said...

My wife used to complain about the cicadas when we first moved in. Now we like them, but once they get started up, we know the heat is here to stay. No more odd cool days for us until fall!

Floridacracker said...

Next cool day is probably late September...maybe.

Rick said...

I had one,one hot summer day somehow end up under the engineers seat on a locomotive.When it started the buzzing unexpectedly I pulled my feet up,first thought was that there was a rattlesnake under my seat.

Floridacracker said...

Rick,
It does sound like that when you are close. Hey the uncle I spoke of in the last post (July 6) was your daddy.