27 December 2012

Cicada

There was a Cyclochila australasiae or Green Grocer cicada crashed in my yard a few weeks ago. I let him have a walk on me. I did squeal when he started crawling on my neck.


Cicadas have large compound eyes situated one on each side of the head. They also have three very small glistening simple eyes (ocelli) on the top of the head. The ocelli look quite metallic and amazing. I think they must be very aware of the eyes of predators as a result of having five eyes, because they often seem to stop singing when I gaze at trees where I can hear them.


He was confused and climbed the barbecue after the next photo, but seemed pretty happy when I put him on the trunk of a tree and headed straight up into the branches.


I love their sound and wrote a poem. Cicadas tend to be more vociferous when it is over 30 degrees.


Sing cicada sing
all the night through
seven years is a long time to sleep
I would be excited to see the sun too.

There is a grasshopper below. I caught this one inside and took it out. It was tiny but probably about a fifth of its full size. Later that day when I went running at Mt Ainslie they were hopping everywhere. I marvel at the waves of insect life that rise and fall in my area.


The butterflies seem to be winding down for the year after peaking last week in the heat before Christmas. I am not sure if they were common brown or monarch. The wasps hatched from their nest on my balcony. Dragonflies have just started appearing if you care to look.

I was only in Adelaide for a few days, but missed the sound of cicadas and crickets.




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