Monday, August 11, 2008

Cicadas

Summer time is for cicadas in Austin. They live in the trees and, as per Wikipedia, have "remarkable acoustic talents". Their song, made by "timbels", is amplified by the hollow underside of their bodies. At first I was not liking this insistent buzzing, it's way too much like a rattle snake. Then, the other evening, I was out walking and noticed how beautiful it is as a verse ends gradually fading into silence. A minute later they are back at full tilt.

This dehydrated guy is sitting on my kitchen counter. I found him in M and B's driveway.
He's almost 2" long! There are many thousands of species of cicadas, all with the characteristic big eyes and well loved song.

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