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Cicada ~ Cacama Valvata (Male) by Kimberly Chadwick

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6-25-10

Taken in Tucson, AZ using a Canon Powershot SX110IS (yep I like it better for macros)

A familiar Summer sound is the buzzing or whining “song”, produced by vibrating membranes at the base of the abdomen, of male cicadas. usually sitting in a Palo Verde tree singing during that hottest times of the day to attract a mate. If captured the cicada will let a shrill scream in hopes that it will be released by its capture.

The Cicada is the only known to sweat, having evolved a series of tubes internally to release moisture around them, acting like swamp coolers. they replenish this liquid by taping into the xylem of the tree. Only the desert species have evolved this adaption.

Cicadas are benign to humans in normal circumstances and do not bite or sting in a true sense, but may in fact “sting” after mistaking a person’s arm or other part of their body as a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed. Cicadas have a long proboscis under their head that they use for feeding on tree sap, and if they attempt to inject it into a person’s body it can be painful, but is in no other way harmful. This “sting” is not a defensive reaction and should not be mistaken for aggression, it is extremely uncommon, and it usually only happens when they are allowed to rest on a person’s body for extended periods of time.

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arizona, bugs, cicadas, desert, insect, tucson, wildlife, kimberly chadwick, nature

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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeabout 4 years ago

    Nice capture of such a small creature.

  • Thank you Ma’am! I appreciate that very much!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Kathy Newton
    Kathy Newtonabout 4 years ago

    Neat capture Kimberly ! I haven’t heard them yet here in Ohio but it won’t be long.

  • They started a month or so ago here, but yet the heat did too…lol, thank you !

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 4 years ago

    Grand shot of this noise. Ours have not yet started up… usually July hereabouts.

  • They do seem to be everywhere, thank you Sheila!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 4 years ago

    Nicely captured and excellent information.

  • Learn something new every time, thank you M’am!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • WOW, thank you Ray. This is my first in your group so I am very excited that this guy made the honor!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Neil Swenser
    Neil Swenserabout 4 years ago

    Amazing creatures, especially how many years they spend underground, lovely capture Kimberly.

  • I agree, a 3-5 year life span is impressive for any insect! Thank you Neil for stopping by Sir!

    – Kimberly Chadwick

  • Neil Swenser
    Neil Swenserabout 4 years ago

    Some are 7 to 12 years underground :-)

  • That is quite impressive indeed…….Perhaps they know something we don’t..lol

    – Kimberly Chadwick

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