Cicadas are for me the sound of summer and christmas. One night we found this fella on our front garden fence, we pulled up a couple of chairs and an esky, and sat back to watch the birth of the sound of summer! Took a couple of hours but well worth it.
Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognised of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents.The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada, meaning “buzzer”, and they among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds. Many filmmakers around the world use the cicada sound to help signify the summer season.
Once they are liberated from their larvae shell, they start to pump up their wings until they are ready for flight.
Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to seven years. These long life cycles are thought to have developed as a response to predators, such that a predator with a shorter life cycle (a year to 2 years) could not reliably prey upon the cicadas.
Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, then they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins), on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned skins remain, still clinging to the bark of trees. Most of us would have seen these on tress and plants around our gardens.
Final stages, this species is known as a Green Grocer
Apologies for the quality of the photo’s, they were taken quite a while ago with an old film camera and scanned. Thought they may be of interest to some of you though as not too many people have witnessed this spectacle.