Monday, October 10, 2016

Insects in the Backyard


We were visited by some manner of critter in the backyard here in Toowoomba. the video doesn't show anything but bush, but the noise is certainly loud and persistent. Of course, given the reputation Australia has for deadly things, I choose not to stick my hand in to find him.

After talking with our neighbor about what this might be, he went out and caught one cause this is what Australians do. It is a Bladder Cicada. It is about two long with large green wings. It looks like a leaf, hence the reason they are so hard to see. With vibrating diaphragms on both sides and the large bladder in the back to resonate the sound, that certainly are loud. You can read more about them over at the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.