Saturday, 25 February 2012

saturday snippets

Things have been very quiet this year as far as cicadas go.  Quite often the end of October or the beginning of November comes and there is a deafening noise from the cicadas.  Even in this fairly built up area, there are enough trees for  cicadas.  Not this year.  All quiet on the cicada front.

I went downstairs to check my letter box.  Hurray!  The March copy of Yarn was there and I like the look of it too.  When I turned to open the security door, this cicada was on the join of the two parts of door.  The black upright line is the felt between the doors.

Once upon a time, long, long ago, I would have easily identified this variety.  'm out of practice now.  It's obviously not a green grocer or a yellow monday and it doesn't look aristocratic enough to be a Black Prince.  It's about 7 cm long.

All I had was my iPhone in my pocket so I took one photo and it flew away before I could get another.

As a child I attended school in what was then the outskirts of Sydney.  Not many houses, patches of bush, Chinese market gardens etc.  In summer at lunchtime we would catch cicadas in the playground and put them in a matchbox.  Back in the class room, a gentle shake could produce an outburst of drumming on a boring hot afternoon when we all were sleepy after lunch.


Lynne said...

I have rarely hearsd cicadas out here in suburbia either - my dad used to say where there were starlings there would be no cicadas!

Jan said...

We have cicadas in noisy numbers down here in suburbia, just not this year.

Opinion from my contemporaries and grandchildren is that this is indeed Black Prince, worth heaps in schoolyard currency as my sister pointed out. I don't know if that sort of thing applies in thee days of iPods and mobile phones.

2paw said...

The urban story here is that we get a lot of cicadas every 7 years, and while that may or may not be true, we have none this year at all. I can't remember the kind we have, red eyed?? But not the same as yours. Not many crickets here this year either. Well done to snap such a speedy picture!!

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to find your blog Jan; I had an old address.

I was at a friend's place last night (he and his family originally from Eritrea), and I heard the cicadas and told him what they were: and got some photos on the next to show him. Interestingly I was talking about them on the same day you blogged!