Saturday, November 03, 2007


0711 greengrocer cicada
Originally uploaded by rooruu.
With summer coming on, it's cicada chorus time. You don't always see them, though - this one still had wet wings from hatching. Cicadas have the most wonderful common names - this one's a Green Grocer.

Here are some other names used in Australia for various types of cicadas: Green Grocer, Black Prince, Yellow Monday, Chocolate Soldier, Masked Devil, Blue Moon, Double Drummer, Floury Baker, Cherrynose, Whiskey Drinker, Redeye, Bladder Cicada, Hairy Cicada, Golden Emperor, Eastern Sandgrinder, Brown Bunyip.

(list from this site:
which also has cicada T shirts for sale, if your life has been incomplete without one).

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