July 14, 2009
can you please identify this insect for me? Its wings click when it moves – it was having a problem flying when I photographed it. The picture tells the best story
don’t understand what you mean? if you mean my name, then Iris
Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cicada (Ed. Note: Sometimes we just email a brief answer without posting a letter and photo. This happens for various reasons, but lack of time is often a decisive factor. Iris’ response below prompted us to go back into the trash to find her letter so we could post it.)
I searched for information on the Cicada on the internet and after seeing this wonderful video clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjLiWy2nT7U I shall never take these creatures for granted. They are a magnificent.
Hi again Iris,
You should know that your species of Cicada is not the same as the Magicicada in the video. Those 17 Year Locusts, as they are erroneously termed, are a phenomenon of nature, but your Cicada is no less wondrous. Cicadas from Australia are believed to be the loudest insects in the world.