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Cicada Summer

johnboy 19 December 2010 11

Cicadas

“Kazza the Blank One” has been out at Lake Ginninderra snapping the cicadas which are having a bumper year.

One has to wonder if a creature which spends years digging under the ground only to emerge to spend a few glorious weeks flying, mating and making noise before expiring has got life better figured out than we do.

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Hercsie Hercsie 11:04 am 20 Dec 10

Amazing creatures.

They have an interesting lilfecycle staying undergaround for periods of time which are prime numbers 5 years and in some cases 15 or 17 years! Smart way to avoid predators.

I remember witnessing the emergence of about 50 cicada nymphs in the back yard in Palmerston.

They came out on a full moon – from between sleepers in a retaining wall.

Anchored themselves to the face of the wood, shed their skins, walked a few steps and then pumped up their wings before flying away.

Took about 3 hours.

joeyjojojuniorshabadoo joeyjojojuniorshabadoo 10:12 am 20 Dec 10

One has to wonder if a creature which spends years digging under the ground only to emerge to spend a few glorious weeks flying, mating and making noise before expiring has got life better figured out than we do.

Worked for Mully?

Me no fry Me no fry 10:08 am 20 Dec 10

Used to get these black, noisy bastards in Newcastle, but I’ve never seen so many of them all at once. Must be deafening.

Brindabella Brindabella 8:28 am 20 Dec 10

How much joy we had as kids with them. Green Grocers, Yellow Mondays and whatever other names I cant remember!

Brown Baker?

I also grew up in Sydney, and cicadas provided endless hours of fun. We used to catch them and write our initials on their head with a felt pen and let them go. We stopped doing it when every cicada we caught in Gladesville was “tagged”.

Looking back..this probably wasn’t the best thing to do…

Spitfire3 Spitfire3 8:23 am 20 Dec 10

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I can be most useful in rounding up other humans for food or menial tasks.

2620watcher 2620watcher 11:13 pm 19 Dec 10

How much joy we had as kids with them. Green Grocers, Yellow Mondays and whatever other names I cant remember!

WillowJim WillowJim 8:58 pm 19 Dec 10

All black princes! Where I come from, they’re the rare ones.

Homeless Homeless 5:36 pm 19 Dec 10

Ripley! They mostly come out at night, mostly.
They’re kind of cute. I love the feeling of them as they crawl over yours hands. I doesn’t hurt, but it’s kind of weird how they manage to hang on to the underside of your hand.

churl churl 1:58 pm 19 Dec 10

And my dog has turned insectivorous…
Tree prawns??

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 11:49 am 19 Dec 10

Great photos!

Deref Deref 11:44 am 19 Dec 10

😀 Love cicadas! I grew up in Sydney where they were part of summer, but they’re a rarity in Canberra.

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