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Other Noteable Insects at St. Patrick

A true locust

I left the house while the female mentioned in the previous article was still ovipositing in the terrarium. I was hoping to find some T. lyricen Cicadas today. I wasn't interested in collecting any other specimens. Unfortunately, I didn't find a single molting Cicada. Not even a T. canicularis.

I decided to try to record the T. canicularis and T. lyricens singing in the trees but they didn't sing at all unfortunately. I looked for signs of Cicadas on nearly all the trees in the cemetery today.

With the exception of finding a few exuvia, there was nothing else. Today seemed ideal too because it is in the high 80's and humid as hell.

I did take pictures of other insects for you to enjoy however (see below). The first up is known as a Planthopper from the Flatidae Family. The species I believe to be Anormenis chloris. What's interesting about this insect is that it is of the same sub-order as Cicadas. That is they are of the Hemiptera order. The reason for this is that they too have membranous wings and rest them in "Roof-like" fashion along their body as well as suck the xylem of plants to feed.

The next picture is of a dead beetle Osmoderma eremicola that I found. It's pretty darn big about an inch and a half long and about a half inch to three quarters wide.

Next is a picture of a true locust (a winged grasshopper.) As you can see this is what a Cicada is often mis-identified as. Check the FAQ's to learn more about locusts and why Cicadas have been referred to as these.

Here's something else you don't see every day. Check out the last two pictures below. Two people picnicing in the cemetery under a tree. To be honest I could think of a lot better places that are pretty close to have a picnic. Oh well, they're probably on their lunch break.

They look to be in their 60's. I wonder if they use that Kayac on the roof of their van?

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