Sunday, 7 September 2014

Annual Cicada

Annual Cicada
4 September 2014

     At this time of year the constant background refrain of cicadas is a familiar sound in southern Ontario. Rarely, however, do the insects seem to reveal themselves. Miriam and I were sitting on the patio when this one landed close by.


     Neither of us knew what it was and a search of the literature did little to elucidate the situation. Thanks to Mike Burrell for help in identifying this creature.
     It belongs in the genus Tibicen which contains a large number of cicadas in varying colour morphs and the precise taxonomy as to species level is far from clear.
     The Latin word Tibicen means flute-player or piper - a pretty adequate description of this musician it seems to me. It certainly added an interesting aspect to a pleasant summer afternoon.

10 comments:

  1. Cicadas are the sound of summer in Melbourne. You did well to see and capture this one as I only see the cases they emerge from, never the insects themselves.

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  2. Beautiful picture of this great Cicada.
    Very well photographed, David my compliments.

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  3. I do not know these animals do not exist for me and everything, no one that would be so tremendous amount were heard and disturb peace in the night:-)

    Greets from Poland

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  4. Beautiful photos and colors Cicada. I like "cicadas music"

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  5. Hello David!
    What a surprise to discover this gorgeous cicada!
    We have them in the south-est of France but they are somewhat a little different!
    They emerge heavily about every 17 years. A strange life cycle!
    Hugs to the both of you!

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    1. Hi Noushka: We have seventeen year cicadas in North America too. They are in the genus Magicicada and are a different species from the annual cicada described above. Ah, the wonderful world of insects! Hugs to you too.

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  6. As you know we don't have many (if any) cicadas here in Lancashire. I enjoy seeing and hearing them in Spain. Fascinating creatures which would frighten anyone to death if they were as large as your picture of this one might suggest!

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  7. I think cicadas are such amazing looking creatures and your photo really highlights their beautiful markings.

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  8. What a particular insect but nice to see.
    I've never seen him.

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  9. Merci David de votre passage sur mon blog! Voir une belle cigale canadienne retient mon attention. C'est une chance de pouvoir la photographier . Chez nous dans le sud de la France, elles ont fini de chanter, l'été est fini! Il faudra attendre juin prochain pour les entendre!

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