Cicada time again

The first of this year’s Cicadas (Dog Day Cicada, Dog Day Harvest Fly, Tibicen canicularis) to be seen appeared on the garden this afternoon having mistaken a large plastic tub for a handy tree up which to crawl and emerge from its nymphal stage. We moved it to a more suitable surface and took a series of photographs as it pumped up its wings and prepared to fly. One or more had been heard on 6 July though. We wonder if recent cool and wet weather might have delayed this one’s appearance.

As can be seen from the photograph with J’s hand holding it, these are not small insects. If the biology interests you have a look at this web-page : http://escsecblog.com/2013/05/20/cicada-invasion-in-eastern-canada/

Our European visitors over the years have always been amazed at their size, but more so at the buzz-saw racket they make for hour after hour after hour. Once the amazement stage is past they sometimes switch to irritation and cries of “bring me the DDT spray” … the sound of summer in Quebec.

Just emerged
Just emerged
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40 minutes - ans moving rapidly up the tree
40 minutes – ans moving steadily up the tree

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  1. Jean Harwood Gregson | | Reply

    Two corrections: I heard the first one of the season “sawing” away on 6 July; last frame is described as moving rapidly up tree – steady progress is what I call it, not particularly fast but going in the right direction. Recent cool and wet weather may have delayed this one’s emergence.

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