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Friday, July 09, 2010



Thought u might like this (feel free to post).

It's a beasty I found in a pool of water in our garden the other day, on his back half dead. I picked it up and placed it on a piece of paper, and after about 40 minutes of drying off he was on his way.

I placed a 50p next to it for scale.


1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

We have a huge cottonwood growing next to our house and its root system is the favored habitat for lage numbers of immature subterranean cicadas. On the 17-year cle (probably 13 years, too), they come up in swarms to shed their juvenile skins and take flight. My Northern neighbor gets a lot of them on the south wall of his garage and he hates them-he sprays insecticide on the castoff skins (which I suppose relieves some frustrations or something, it cannot do any hurt against the cicadas. I like my neighbor well enough but I intensely dislike his habit of spraying poisons around so close to my house)

I say all that to say this year there is only one castoff skin on his garage's south wall (which happens to face my bedroom window) Since there is only the one, I suppose that cicada was just a little out of synch with the rest of his swarm, and the rest came up last year.