Giant Cicada emerges from the ground after a flood in the Balonne River, St George, Queensland

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Lecleire Jacques on January 6, 2008

Yes that is a big one ! beautiful picture.


Ian Stehbens on January 6, 2008

It's an interesting world we live in, isn't it? These cicadas were new to me. Do you have cicadas in Europe? Ian

LEE TUXFORD on January 9, 2008

Very clever to catch a real one! I'm so used to seeing shells only! And the dreadful racket they make!

Marilyn Whiteley on January 9, 2008

I have a photo of a well camouflaged cicada, not on my own pages, but in the Photochain collection, and I think there are some comments about cicadas in the short conversation on the photo. This one is in Greece, but I also know them in the USA and Canada. Marilyn

Ian Stehbens on January 9, 2008

Lee, these fellows were very loud, and there were many of them. I had a friend from Vanuatu with me and she had never heard the sound before. But she was far quicker to spot them than I was. Marilyn's Greek zikada/cicada is an excellent example of camouflage! Mine isn't particularly well photographed but its size stunned me. In that setting they were as hard to spot as any cicada. I do not know whether these have a 13 or a 17 year cycle, I rather think they emerge after a wetting of the ground, and therefore the cycle is's just that there were so many and the flood had receeded just a week previous. Ian

LEE TUXFORD on February 8, 2008

Ian, Sorry I didn't read your comment sooner. We have a bush reserve behind our house in Australia and sometimes hear cicadas all day long. They actually drive some people to distraction! We mostly see shells, but sometimes see them glistening on the tree trunks after just shedding their skins. You have inspired me to photograph them too!

Ian Stehbens on February 9, 2008

I will look out for your pictures of cicadas, Lee. If you get some good rain they may emerge. But as you get most of your rain in the winter, and cicadas seem to be a summer insect, I am not sure how it all gels together.



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