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Another Annual Cicada, Revving Up its Song July 20, 2009

Filed under: Animals,Bugs,Seasons,Summer — saltthesandbox @ 7:59 am
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A week ago we heard our first Annual Cicada of the year (read about it here). Then the weather turned cool, and once again cicada silence descended on our neighborhood. We had not heard a single cicada since that first one. Finally, this morning at 8:30 a.m., I heard a low pitched, halting buzz about 2 blocks south of our home in south Oak Park, Illinois. It sounded like a cicada revving up its song for the day. Then it stopped abruptly, and I wondered if a bird had caught it. But a minute later it started up again.

It sounded like the cool weather version of a Tibicen linnei song — like the beginning of this recording, but even buzzier, lower pitched, and only a few seconds long. (Go here to see photos of this species and hear other versions of its song.)

If we finally see some shed cicada skins or a real live cicada, we’ll post the photos here.


4:00 p.m. the same day. So far, the temperature has only reached 75 degrees. I have heard NO more cicadas singing, or buzzing, or even warming up. As my friend Jane said on Facebook, “Doesn’t quite feel like summer without them.”

8:15 p.m. the same day. A few minutes before sunset I finally heard another Annual Cicada. However, this time it was a Tibicen pruinosus. That’s the species we first heard a week ago. To read see photos and link to its song, go here.

11:40 a.m. the next day (July 21): It finally sounds like summer, because I heard my first MID-day cicada! It was the warm-weather version of Tibicen linnei (go here to hear it).


You can read more about cicadas on our Kids’ Cicada Hunt website. Please go here to see it.

On August 12, Aaron finally found our family’s first shed cicada skin of 2009. Go here to see a photo.


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