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The cicadas are now out

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Posted: Sat Aug 5, 2017 5:36pm
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jimtaylor

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The first cicada in our garden started chirruping away a couple of days ago. They're noisy blighters, but they're always a sign that August has come.

Their camouflage is so good it took me a while to find one, but once you do they don't fly away unless they're disturbed, so it's possible to capture a picture.

Kate Bob

Sat Aug 5, 2017 8:23pm

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Posted: Sat Aug 5, 2017 8:23pm

jim down in the dunes they have been there for 2 or 3 weeks

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Posted: Sat Aug 5, 2017 11:20pm

I always call the noise they make as electrical . Its unbelievably loud for such a little creature!

Thanks for the photo Jim.

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Posted: Sun Aug 6, 2017 4:15am

Interesting, Bob. 

I'd guess the sand warms up quicker than the soil, so they come out earlier in the dunes. Or perhaps they're a different variety. On Formentera they were out in the first two weeks of June, and that was in sand. Here inland it's always this time of year.

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Posted: Sun Aug 6, 2017 7:44am

We're in the campo behind Albatera and we've had them for 2 months now!  Very noisy, although they go quiet immediately if you tell them off!  LOL    I've yet to actually see one so it's lovely to see that photo Jim, thank you.  Now I know what makes all that racket. :)

josie13

Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:48am

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:48am

jimtaylor wrote:

Interesting, Bob. 

I'd guess the sand warms up quicker than the soil, so they come out earlier in the dunes. Or perhaps they're a different variety. On Formentera they were out in the first two weeks of June, and that was in sand. Here inland it's always this time of year.

We have them in our garden Jim in san luis wondered what the noise was as it is our first August here in Spain. I haven't actually seen one yet but now i know what i am looking for.How long do they stay for usually?

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:16am

They're only out for a few weeks - they spend most of their lives underground.

They're so well camouflaged that you need to get near to where the noise is coming from, then give the tree or whatever a shake, and hope it flies off somewhere else. Ours never travel very far, so it's usually possible to see where they land. Even knowing that, they can still be difficult to spot.

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:40am

Thanks i will get hunting.

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Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:14pm

Thanks for the photo Jim, unbelievable the noise they make.  We live in Formentera and have fruit trees and large shrubs in our gardens - it sounds like we have an army of them!  What we have noticed is that last summer, when it was cooler, we only heard them at night, but this year it's been 24/7 for around 3 weeks.  We wondered whether this year's hot summer has made them more vocal??

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