Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Cicada Time

July is a big month for cicada here in Southern Japan...they are called semi. They are very big and noisy here. We had them when I lived in Texas as a kid but I don't remember them being this huge or loud.

Anyhow, this year has been particularly loud...apparently some years there are lots more than others so perhaps this is a busier year. They seem to like the little tree in the middle of our pond so we are forced to be audience to their loud song each day during "semi season". Soon they will be gone.

This morning, I decided to get out and video tape some so I could have the sound as well as the pictures. I also took this picture with our video camera so you could see the detail of one and also see how big they are here. This one was about 3 inches from the top of the head to the edge of the wing.

I know I will miss them when they are gone as they are always a reminder that summer is finally here.


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Mary and Sean said...

Glad to see I'm not the only person who takes close-up pictures of the crepy crawlers...one rainy day, I got interested in a snail crossing the road, and took about 20 photos!

Haha said...

I remember on my visit how very loud they were and how big. When I was a child I remember them in the Eucalyptus trees on my way to my grandmothers. They were not as loud as yours, but they were plentiful and mysterious because I never actually saw them. They were a wonderment of my childhood. I am glad you are enjoying their song and I wish I could listen along with you.

Haha said...

I forgot to tell you what a great photo you have got there!