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Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Who's That Cicada?

Many of the birds in our Pennsylvania landscape have quieted down since we're now post-breeding season. Most young birds have fledged and many adults have stopped defending a territory. While the birds are becoming quiet, a great chorus of insects has emerged. Many of the insect songsters you're likely to hear during the months of August and September include thousands of different species of grasshoppers, crickets, katydids, and cicadas. 

If you'd like to learn more about these insects and their calls I recommend visiting www.songsofinsects.com and then taking to the forests and fields to enjoy these wonderful creatures for yourself.

Here is a cicada I happened upon shortly after it emerged from it's 2-5 years of feeding off of tree roots underground. Based on the cicada's I've been hearing in my north-central Pennsylvania area during the past couple of weeks there's a likely probability that this one was either a dog-day cicada or a Linne's cicada.


Here's a cicada in my hand. This is me showing you that you've nothing to fear from these strange creatures. They won't bite. Their straw-like mouthparts are made for drinking plant juices.


Here's the shed exoskeleton of a cicada that I photographed along the Diahoga Trail this-morning. Those who are familiar with the Diahoga Trail may be able to pinpoint the exact tree by looking at the background and find the shed exoskeleton for yourself!


Wishing you a fantastic multitude of wonderful buggy days in the months ahead.

-Rich

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