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What has happened to Bug of the Week? Where has it been? This summer and fall it has been excessively hot and dry. The heat and lack of water has been hard on the trees, hard on the insects, just plain hard.

This week, however, there's been a break in the weather.

Convergent lady beetle at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Surprise!

It's great to be back.

Have you found any insects where you live this week?

Camera technology has changed quite a bit since I purchased my old camera, so I thought I'd check out a new one.

I like that it is lighter. My old one could hurt my neck after a long hike.

I like that it is easier to get everything in focus.

Well, almost.

Guess I have a few bugs to work out...

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Cicadas here in the Sonoran desert start singing around Father's Day and can be found throughout the summer. Because they are so abundant, you might not take a second look at them.

While out picking blueberries recently, a California woman did notice a cicada and she took a photograph of it. After she uploaded the photo the iNaturalist, an expert realized it wasn't any old cicada. The cicada belongs to the species Okanagana arctostaphylae, which hasn't been seen in over a century!

Check out the details in the article at iNaturalist and the see Okanagana arctostaphylae in the video below.

The reddish-brown body and wings matches the distinctive colors of the manzanita plant it rests on.

If there are seventeen year cicadas, it makes you wonder how long this species spends underground...