Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Wasp & Cicada

I saw this wasp carrying a cicada up the tree outside my apartment building last weekend. Upon further research, I found out that it was a cicada killer wasp that preys primarily on cicadas. Incidentally, I heard the cicadas singing outside my office last recently. I guess it's cicada season.

So have you ever heard of a cicada song?

21 comments:

pusa said...

wow so that is how cicada looks like! i only hear them but havent seen one till now :)

babooshka said...

What the hell kind of creature is this?

No cicadas and I know so mnay people here that can't even pronounce the name of them right.

This is a fabulous close up.

• Eliane • said...

That is something that I really miss. That's always meant summer: hearing the cicada at night.

Alexa said...

This is a pretty amazing photo.
I never hear cicadas in Bklyn, sometimes when I'm visiting my mom on Long Island. Traveled to Greece when our girls were 7 and 9 (20 years ago), and encountered SUPER-sized cicadas—we're all still a bit freaked out!

teahouse said...

I've only heard songs by John Secada.

:oP

Anonymous said...

Never heard one sing! Great shot, Ming.

Doris

Barbara said...

Years ago we were in Albuquerque visiting and the cicadas were so noisy in some areas of the town that it sounded like high voltage power lines.

GMG said...

Used to hear it many years ago; now living up here, no chance to hear cicadas in the garden... ;)
At 1.50, it's a good deal for the receiver... ;)

Olivier said...

je savais pas qu'il y avait des cigales à NYC. Dans ma Dordogne natale, on entend les cigales et les grillons tous les soirs.

I did not know there were cicadas in NYC. In my hometown Dordogne, one hears cicadas and crickets all night.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Yes, it is cicada season here too and yesterday I got a picture of a robin with one in its beak.

Virginia said...

As they used to say in those salsa commercials, "In New York City?????" That's amazing. I know you have some trees, but it seem like hard work for a cicada finding one. Down here in the boondocks, the cicadas sound like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at night. Great close up.

Just Roaming The Cities said...

Whats funny is I never knew what a Cicada was or what the song sounded like until my kids started playing a video game called, "Animal Crossing", where you could catch bugs and go fishing and everything. On the game when you walked past a tree with a Cicada on it you heard the noise. I guess video games teach us things after all!! (well, a few things...) Great shot!

ken mac said...

nice scary pic. What does this bug sound like?

ken mac said...

Is it that high pitched cacaphony that changes in rhythm and volume? Like a swarming sound?

Chris said...

GAG! I hate bugs. A few years ago, we had the 17-year cicadas invade. It was HORRIBLE. You would be driving down the interstate (or anywhere, really), and they would dive bomb your car. You would walk outside, and they would be all over the place. They're disgusting. One of my husband's reporters was doing a story on how they affected picnic plans at one of our local lakes, and one of the families was GRILLING THEM to eat. The reporter and husband actually ate them LIVE. The thought disgusts me even now.

sonia a.m. said...

Great photo! Sure I had heard a cicada song... they do a great and loud noise.

thwany said...

cicadas remind me of korea. i remember hearing them everywhere when i used to visit as a little kid in the summertime. even now when i watch any korean movies or dramas that take place in the summer, there's always sounds of cicadas.

citygirl15 said...

I used to hear them in my backyard when I lived in Queens. They make a high pitched buzzing sound.

I read somewhere they bury themselves into the ground and come out once every seven years. Not sure if that's true or just another made up story,

Gecko said...

Are these the things pronounced "zi-car-da"? I thought they were only in Australia(if I'm thinking of the same thing)! They can get pretty deafening riding through the bush here in summer.

citygirl...they do bury in the ground...they come out of the ground, hatch out of their shell (I guess it's what it's called? Or it's skin) Then they grow wings really quickly (in a few days) and fly up into the trees...mate, lay eggs in the soil and fly away and die. Then the eggs hatch in the soil...they climb up... and the cycle continues.

Anonymous said...

Les cigales(du latin"circada")sont
très abondantes dans les régions
meditrranéennes et sont l'emblème de la Provence. Elles apparaissent avec la chaleur de l'été.Elles sont synonimes des vacances et
de l'arrivée des touristes.Elles
vivent sur les arbres résineux(pins)dont elles sucent la sève.
Ce sont les cigales mâles qui "chantent"pour séduire les
cigales femelles.En réalité,leurs cris stridents proviennent du frottement de deux cimbales situées de chaque côté de l'abdomen.
Ming and bloggers: Sorry to not translate.
I hope you could understand the
french language. Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Ming. Please,could you ask Eliane
to tanslate my precedent post for you if you don't understand the
french language?.Thanks.