Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Dogday Harvestfly

We hear them, with their buzz-saw raspy mating call during the "dog days of summer" hence their name. They are a member of the Cicada family of insects. They spent the first three years of their life as larva living underground on the juice they get from tree roots. When they emerge they shed their outer shell (picture below), unfold their wings and devote the rest of their lives seeking to mate. What a life.

It's hard not to imagine that this fellow is grinning at you.

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