Cicadas

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…

Pycna semiclara

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.

Stagira sp. (Green-wing)

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10 comments on “Cicadas

  1. Pingback: Het jy al ‘n sonbesie bekruip? « Slakkelak

    • Ek het al ‘n dooie ene opgetel een dag, en dit IS ‘n baie harde insek. My assosiasie met sonbesie was ook altyd ‘besie’ soos Lieweheersbesies of Roosbesies… torrerige goed. So leer mens elke dag iets nuut.

  2. Ek het ook een gesien in Augarbies in Januarie die jaar, my kamera was net nie naby nie. Dit lyk soos ‘n moerawiese vlieg. Het nie geweet wat dit was tot hy begin “raas” het nie. Was steeds nie seker nie, totdat ek vannoggend besluit het om fotos te soek op die net. Noe weet ek verseker wat ek gesien het is ‘n son besie.

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