Thursday, September 25, 2008

eeeewwwwwwwwww...

When I was wishing for some help in the garden yesterday, this wasn't exactly what I had in mind!  

Isn't he creepy looking?  

He's a Cicada, an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha and in the superfamily Cicadoidea.  Wow.  That's a mouthful for such a little guy.

There are about 2,500 species of Cicadas around the world and they like more tropical climates.  Like Texas!

They are the biggest noisemakers -- and they sure get the most bang for their little body buck.  Who knew something so small could be so loud and annoying?

And worst of all, after I took his picture to make him famous, he didn't even reciprocate by pulling weeds or pruning or sweeping up anything.  Some bugs!

5 comments:

Sheila said...

He is a bit creepy looking... and loud too!

Diana said...

Sheila - I almost didn't want to get close enough to him to take his picture! I was afraid he would get spooked and fly up at me!

nancybond said...

We have cicadas here all summer, and still hear the occasional one on warm days even now. They can be deafening in the hot months.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Not only that they leave their pupa cases all over everything.

Diana said...

Nancy -- I don't hear ours all the time, but we sure know when they're here.

Lisa - Yeah - double Eeewwww! They are crunchy creepy, too!