Cicadas are also called Christmas Beetles. Males have sound producing organs called tymbals on their abdomen. Some people find the shrill sound off-putting, for me it is part of the African bush.
My left ear is my dominant ear and I find it very easy to pinpoint the shrill sound of Pycna semiclara. I find them most of the time about 1.7m above the ground, well camouflaged on the bark of trees. It is however not so easy to photograph them!
I just held my camera up, aimed and pressed the button to capture this one before it flew off! One day I will get the perfect picture, one day…
It was my lucky day today to find this little Green-wing on the wall, clicking and making a soft ‘churr’ sound, very happily in search of a female. A few metres away in low vegetation, another Stagira was calling. I very often hear the sound, but it was a special day to finally see the critter that makes the sound.