Loud flying bug
Location: Oregon Cascades near Tombstone Pass/Cone Peak
August 8, 2011 12:45 pm
We saw quite a few of these while hiking in the Cascades last week. We’re about a month behind as far as weather is concerned. Aprox 4000 ft elevation, sunny day, wildflower fields surrounded by old growth forests with over 10 species of trees. They sound kind of like rattlesnakes when they fly (scared the bejezzus out of my friend). Can’t seem to find any info on them but my 10 year old daughter is very interested in knowing what they are.
Signature: Thanks so much! Corrie and Kayley
Dear Corrie and Kayley
All indications are that this is a Mountain Cicada, Okanagana bella, or a closely related species in the same genus. Your elevation at the time of the sightings is an excellent indication that our identification is correct. You can compare your image to those posted on BugGuide.