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Old August 5th, 2005, 04:36 PM
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A visitor in my laundry....

A lovely little friend came to visit me (been having a few pass by lately...must be good luck or something)

There he (or she) was keeping warm on the clothes line all comfy in a flannel bed sheet.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 04:40 PM
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what kind of insect is that?

I'm sorry but I hate insects of any kind touching me or something I wear. gives me shivers thinking about it lol. I always end up paroniod that it layed eggs on my stuff and their going to hatch and be crawling all over me. *shiver*
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Old August 5th, 2005, 05:01 PM
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That, my friends, is a Cicada. Apparently, those are the things you hear making that electric buzzing sound at the tops of trees and such.

http://www.cicadas.info/
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Old August 5th, 2005, 05:24 PM
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Yes it's a Cicada (Ciccada) they commonly are called Tree Frogs or Tree Toads, this is just a little guy maybe a baby I've had much bigger ones around here.

They do buzzz in the hot humid weather especially, makes the trees sound so full!

Sorry to give you the shivers Jackie LOL
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Old August 5th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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He is awesome. The sound of cicadas is the sound of summer. Personally, I'm mad about bugs, not sure why, I find them almost heroic, some of them live for just a few hours, but they do it perfectly. India is awesome for insects, everything is bigger, spiders the size of plums (that's just the bodies), scorpions of every conceivable size (which is why you gotta check your shoes each morning for the tiny fellows, they are the most deadly), the place is teeming. And when they die, the ants carry them off, molecule by molecule.

There's a sound I hear at night, like a chuckle, fairly loud, and I've often wondered what it is. Anyone know? Probably a bird, but I really have no idea.
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Old August 5th, 2005, 07:13 PM
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OOOO! A cicada! My youngest son saw one of these a couple days ago and totally freaked out at the HUGE bug. They can be a little intimidating I guess. To me the sound has always meant school is about to start. Ahhh... what neato memories!

Oh and my favorite part -- they shed (molt) an almost perfectly intact husk of exoskeleton... You can find them stuck all over the trees in the fall time... We used to LOVE sticking them on people and scaring them to death. I uh.. think that traditionally the boys used to chase the girls around with the things but I wasn't your stereotypical little girl.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 02:54 PM
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I know this is an oldish thread, but didn't think a new one was warrented for what I have to post:

If any of you have mysterious 6 legged friends (or enemies as it may be) sharing your home, this website will helpfully identify your housemate:
http://www.whatsthatbug.com/
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Old August 17th, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Why does bug IDing have to involve so much bug sex? It seems some avid bug looker likes to take buggy porn...
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Old August 19th, 2005, 07:53 AM
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Fantastic pictures. Growing up, my dad used to say those noises in
the trees were 'tree frogs' and somehow I couldn't understand that,
but every year when I hear them, I would say, 'there's the frogs, summer
is almost over'. It sure is nice to see what one looks like, thank you.
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I love the buzz of the Cicadas,as well as the sounds of Crickets at night,all part of nearing the end summer
I swooped up a Cicada from my pool the other day,I always"rescue"bugs in my pool,unfortunately the Cicada was dead.
They are unfortunate they are not as pretty as a butterfly,but as long as they stay off me,I enjoy their sound and short life
I've often seen birds catch them in flight,I'd think they would be really hard to digest
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Old September 9th, 2005, 01:10 PM
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Luba, I don't hear the tree frogs anymore. What is their life span?
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The ones at my cottage only sing in the spring, its mating season. Where are you honey
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Old September 9th, 2005, 03:04 PM
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Brampton Ontario....they were singing a couple of weeks ago. But not now.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 03:06 PM
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May be its because the weather is getting cooler?
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