Joe Green wrote us to let us know that he heard the first Neocicada hieroglyphica of the year.
Just wanted to let you all know I heard the first male Neocicada hieroglyphica calling from a oak tree today at Chico’s World Headquarters campus here in Fort Myers, Florida. I heard the warm-up pre call at first that lead into to the full blown chorus call for 6 repeated calls before he stopped. It was 2:40 pm EST, in the afternoon with the temperature reaching 80 degrees on this day. I have yet to hear one at Dusk here at the house but I’ll listen from now on with the start of the season here in south Florida and record all my data for this year’s research. I’ll keep in touch with all of you as the year proceeds.
Many things in this life
Are not what they appear
Yeah I look like a hare
But if you stop and you stare
I’m related to a deer
– Supersuckers “Creepy Jackalope Eye”
So what does that have to do with a cicada, well, there’s a person on YouTube named acejackalope that has been posting dozens of videos of cicadas. Lots of them feature good shots of the cicada, the species name and their song (which is important, since a lot of cicadas look the same, so you need to hear their song to identify them). All of them are great quality too.
I just finished watching the BBC mini-series Life in the Undergrowth staring several million invertebrates and David Attenborough. (I watched it in between the picnics, fireworks, and swimming that mostly occupies my time.) Fans of cicadas and land-dwelling invertebrates will love this show. Attenborough is the best when it comes to explaining the natural world to TV viewers.