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...
It must still be summer. Do you know how I can tell?
I am still seeing and hearing cicadas!
I was able to get very close to this one, even though it was still alive.
Really, really close.
Can you see its antennae? What about the shiny simple eyes on the top of its head, called ocelli?
I can also see the tymbals, the organs right under the front of the wings that male cicadas use to produce their singing buzz.
Check out this video to see the male cicada tymbals in action:
Are cicadas still singing where you live?
"Bugs" are in the news this month.
First of all, Gregory Vogt stopped by to let us know how the Spiders in Space were doing:
"The spiders made it to orbit Monday morning. The Space Shuttle Endeavour will rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station Wednesday morning. The spiders will be unstowed from Endeavour and transferred to the station Thursday morning. We should have the first pictures available for viewing by the weekend. Check out http://www.bioedonline.org."
Should be interesting to see how the spiders do in space.
Periodical cicadas are also in the news. There is a large emergence of thirteen year cicadas, Magicicada tredecim, across the southeastern United States right now. They are called thirteen year cicadas because they stay underground as nymphs for thirteen years.
Have you ever seen an adult cicada emerge? Here is a time lapse video that shows the process.
Edit: At the request of readers, I have removed the video because of the noise. You can watch it at Mark Dolies' link.
Video by Mark Dolejs (click the link to see how he made the video).
BugGuide has some good still photographs and more information.
Every Seventeen Years at Stop the Ride
Have you ever seen/heard periodical cicadas?