Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2009/09/03

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Subject: [Leica] IMG: Noisy Insect
From: jsmith342 at (Jefffery Smith)
Date: Thu, 3 Sep 2009 21:04:55 -0500
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There was a monstrous brood of them in the US about 5 years ago.  
Nobody really knows why some have such a long nymph cycle, but it may  
be to thwart predators (after all, what predator insect is gonna rely  
on a dinner that's over a decade away?). They call them locusts down  
here, which is a misnomer.

I believe that the ones down here have a long nymph cycle. They all  
look the same to me, but there are a lot of different species. Very   
impressive on the end of an insect pin. Almost scary in real life.

The only opportunity I had for a photo of a living one was back in  
1974, next to our campfire while camping outside of Yuma AZ. My camera  
was a Mamiya SLR with a 50/2, and it was at night. Looked more like a  
horsefly on paper.


On Sep 3, 2009, at 8:06 PM, R. Clayton McKee wrote:

> Quoth the Jefffery Smith :
>> By the way, these are the bugs whose nymph stage lasts 17 years.
> Some do.  Others don't.  There are dozens of varieties of cicadas,
> one of which is the 17-year model.  Others have much shorter cycles,
> as short as a few months to a year.  I don't know which one we're
> dealing with here; it looked like an annual from the picture.
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