2 comments on “Singers, Lovers, Big Ears and a Surprise Sighting

  1. Hey Lee,

    In this case, I believe your Mystery Insect is a Cicada (aka: 17-year Locusts – though they’re not actually related to Locusts). These things incubate in the ground for 17 years before emerging as a wingless insect like a beetle – then shed that exoskeleton like an old skin and re-emerge again with wings. Then the fun starts because they’re what makes that weird, cycling-buzzing noise you’ll hear for the rest of the Summer…

    Other than the continuous backdrop of noise they make, they’re pretty much harmless … more about them here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada

    Stay cool – Autumn is only a month-and-a-half away!


    • Hey Mark,
      Those sweet Cicada’s sound like Yamaha motorcycle racers buzzing through the Forest LOL These are a different shape and tiny compared to the ones in New Zealand, but the shape of these shape are really cool, I like them. This must have been the coolest place to grow up!

      As for the heat, surprisingly for a “Northerner” or is that “Nauthener” I have adapted LOL I am looking forward to Autumn and less biting insects. They all see me as a tasty treat and I can’t hike without dipping myself in bug spray :o)

      Kindest Thoughts and Wishes,

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