Dog-day cicadas

When teaching Bug Safari, I always encourage families to explore their backyards with a sense of curiosity. And, to take their cell phone camera ready to capture something familiar, unfamiliar, or even surprising. My surprise met me in the front yard. An adult cicada. Yes, I’d listened to their incessant singing. And, seen the carcass or exoskeleton left by one or two nymphs. But, this was the first time seeing an adult. It stood there allowing me to get close enough to take a photograph. Capturing it with a net crossed my mind. But, they don’t live long (a few weeks) and mating is a priority. Earth needs its arthropods. The SEEK app identified it as a Dog-day cicada. Enjoy!

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