A Cacophony of Cicadas in Spain
For a week or two now, the noise from these cicadas has surrounded Spain Buddy Heights… but it was not until today that we managed to get close enough to take a photo of one. These really are loud, although they go silent when you approach.
Thanks to Carol Byrne from Further South of Granada and Paddy Waller of The Spanish Thyme Traveller who identified it for us this evening. I suppose we should also thank Simon Harris who runs the Barcelona Travel Guide… although his suggestion of a Real Madrid fan wasn’t quite so likely.
A little more research has thrown up some very interesting information. Apparently, the nymphs live for years underground (one species in America can live for SEVENTEEN years underground) before heading up to shout at each other, and it is the males that make the noise – nowt changes there then ;)
They are normally found in warmer areas… which explains why we are enjoying their “songs” at the moment, as it’s very warm here in Southern Spain as I type. The sound is not dissimilar to that of crickets… but a lower pitch and more constant.
The beastie that we photographed this evening was a little over an inch long from nose to bum… and he was quite happily shouting at all his mates in the valley until we shoved a camera in his face. He was very well behaved though, and sat still long enough for us to get a proper shot of him.
This video on YouTube gives the sound – about 30 seconds in.
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.