Mortally Wounded Cicada

Sat, Jun 27, 2009 at 12:20 PM
This disgusting bug was up on the top of my roof (2 story). It was making a really loud noise that sounds like electricity. I used the hose on it and it fell to the grass. From far away I could see the grass moving. I continued to hose it. Then I dropped a toy on top of it and heard a crunch. I then got my camera!
Angela in West Richland, WA
West Richland, WA


Hi Angela,
You have probably mortally wounded a harmless Cicada, an insect that produces one of the definitive, iconic sounds of summer. Cicadas are considered to be the loudest insects in the world. We especially like your likening the sound to electricity, like a Tesla Coil, though we do not at all condone your actions after you heard the Cicada calling to a potential mate from your roof.

3 thoughts on “Mortally Wounded Cicada”

  1. Awww… poor harmless cicada.

    when I was a kid, I was sent to “Nature Day Camp” every summer (I think my mom was just looking for a way to get me out of the house… Oh, and that was about the only day camp option in the nerd-town that I grew up in.)

    We would collect the cicada skins/shells that could be found clinging to tree trunks, or sometimes on the ground, and we would attach them to our shirts and display them proudly! The shells were hooked just enough that they easily clung to a t-shirt. As a result, I have always had a fondness for cicadas, particularly because of their great “song of summertime”.

  2. I adore cicadas, they are so primitive looking and mellow, and they have such an interesting life cycle! I had one pierce my skin once, I think he was looking for sap, boy was he surprised!


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