The Birth of the Sound of Summer.

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.

Breaking Out!

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.


  • Tainia Finlay
    Tainia Finlayabout 5 years ago

    Sort of YUK and amazing at the same time Paul! I havent seen one, heard many LOL So thanks for sharing this :)

    Please add this to the current challenge in the UK to Australia & back group :)

  • Thanks for the comments Tainia. Doesn’t look like you can add journals to the challenges unfortunately.

    – Paul Moore

  • DiSchoe
    DiSchoeabout 5 years ago

    These are great Paul,
    Well done.

  • Thanks Di.

    – Paul Moore

  • annibels
    annibelsabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic Paul! Story’s great too. I didn’t realsise how colourful circadas really are! Last shot still very sharp, even though you must have reached the esky bottom:)) LOL

  • Yes Anne, twas a longish night! But loads of fun!

    – Paul Moore

  • AlMiller
    AlMillerabout 5 years ago

    Great journal Paul and very informative. I actually think I learned something tonight!! Well possibly two things! The second being you are starting to remind me of David Attenborough !!!!!
    Great images Paul nice to see a couple off the 35mm SLR

  • David who?! ;-) I think your presentation night has inspired me to go back and look at some of these old shots. Thanks for the comments.

    – Paul Moore

  • Cathy  Walker
    Cathy Walkerabout 5 years ago

    Glad you found these, sensational!

  • Thankyou Cathy, hope you enjoyed this.

    – Paul Moore

  • Margaret Metcalfe
    Margaret Metcalfeabout 5 years ago

    Yukky Paul! I will have nightmares now :}

  • I always think that the first pic is a bit “Alien” like!

    – Paul Moore