CLOSED: Ack! It won't shut up!

Lake Forest, CA(Zone 10a)

This thing was in my Apricot tree this morning. Is he a cicada? The ones I saw in TX were green but this thing is brown or black. I sprayed him with the hose to encourage him to "move along" but he came back so I took a photo of him. The noise he makes isn't a rattle snake sound like the cicadas from Texas. So what is this thing? I live in Southern California BTW if that helps...

Thanks for your time!

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Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

Is it a high pitched whining sound? It certainly looks like a cicada to me...but I never heard the rattlesnake kind. The ones in the south of France sound more high pitched than those I am accustomed to in Ontario, Canada. Then, the ones here in Iowa are slightly different, but more similar to the Canadian ones than the French ones. The French ones also had shorter "singing" bursts, while the Canadian ones drone on forever, it seems. They sure do make a racket at some times of year!

Las Cruces, NM

Yeah, that's a cicada. Why you want to discourage such an excellent noise, though, is beyond me... :-)

Patrick Alexander

Guilford, CT(Zone 7a)

I love that sound - it reminds me of hot, lazy Summer days. Brings back that carefree feeling - before we knew the meaning of the word "responsibility"!

Attract birds they will eat the insects, only one drawback... the birds around here ate all the apricots off the tree! The quail were the hungriest!

Franklin, NC(Zone 6b)

I love the sound too, unless it's right by my window or something. Those little guys are LOUD!

Lake Forest, CA(Zone 10a)

Well, I guess you guys are right. I should have trusted my 10 yr old nephew, who insisted it was a cicada, and was also able to ID that hideous Water Scorpion thingeee of GD's. My little nephew is so enthralled with bugs and highly intelligent, I wouldn't be suprised if he someday finds a cure for cancer using bug guts or something!

Sorry if I can't agree that the drone of a cicada is pleasant. I rarely ever hear those things- I guess in urban Southern Cal they aren't as common as in some areas, like Dallas, where I lived for 3 1/2 years.

As for the rattlesnake sound of certain cicadas- in Texas some of the cicadas are like an apple green color with white bellies and they all get together like a little ochestra and it sounds like a rattle and they will all crescendo together, then get very quiet, then get progressively loud again- ugh!

Thanks for the help, and I'll mark this SOLVED.

Oxford, NS(Zone 5b)

Wow, those Texan cicadas sound wild! Maybe someday I'll get to hear them.

Nichols, IA(Zone 5a)

3 months after cicadas start to sing it's supposed to be the first frost.

Are we voting? I don't care for their song either. They get so loud you can't hear the tv.

Has anyone seen the cicada wasp fly away with one? They crawl up the tree with it and fly when they're high enough. I've seen them bury them too. Gruesome.

Las Cruces, NM

"I don't care for their song either. They get so loud you can't hear the tv."

Funny, that's one of the things I like about them. :-)

Patrick Alexander

Cincinnati, OH(Zone 6a)

I don't mind the cicada song unless it's the 17-year cicadas singing. Last summer it would get so loud it hurt my ears at the peak. Hard to hear yourself think, let alone speak on the phone or to the person right next to you.

Stephenville, TX(Zone 8a)

I can vouch for croclover's description of the Texas cicadas. Been hearing them all my life. I guess I am ambivalent about their noise making, er..., singing, though. I WILL say that to me, summer has not officially arrived until I hear my first cicada(s) of the season. After that, they simply become outdoor background noise and I become unaware of them for the most part, unless one of them flies into me, usually into my head. YUCK!!!! I HATE that when it happens!!! :-p

I don't miss them until they stop singing each season, usually abruptly one day after the weather starts to turn in the fall. Then suddenly they are gone as quickly as they came.

Bolivar, TN(Zone 7a)

I would rather hear the cicadas "song" than the sound of most of the dribble on TV these days. Right now it is night and the song of the tree frogs is so loud I can hear it inside the house. I call that and the other rustlings and noise at night the "music of the night". Turn off the tv, go outside at night, be still and just listen. You may be surprised at what you hear.

Lake Forest, CA(Zone 10a)

LOL Hill!

Once upon a time I was walking in a parking lot with a group of people and all of a sudden we hear this whizzing sound andthen my friend yelled "YEOW! " A cicada had hit him square between the eyes!

Now I don't mind the singing of a crickett every now and then but when you get one inside of your furnace vent ad he chirps and chirps for nights on end, that's a different story!

Stephenville, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh yeah, croclover, I can hear the cicadas coming too, but I can never see them soon enough to get out of their way! Yes I have been whacked in the forehead by one also. Ick! Gives me the heebie jeebies.

I agree with you on the crickets too. All crickets belong outside. They are not inside pets in the slightest. The ones that annoy me the most are the ones that believe they want to try living as a human and move into a bedroom with you--without your permission of course. For the most part they spend the day quietly, but its their singing in the bedroom that starts up in the middle of the night when you are in a lovely deep sleep that I cannot abide. And then you can't find them to escort them to the door. Or, how about those bedroom crickets that may be silent, but they want to snuggle in bed with you? That is an unwelcome advance also! I remember one as a child that tried to burrow and snuggle down without asking permission between my neck and the pillow one night after I was sound asleep. How rude!! That memory still gives me the shakes.

Apparently I have a love/hate relationship with insects.

Lake Forest, CA(Zone 10a)

Hill, you're too funny! OK- when I lived in Texas, hubby and I lived in his parent's two story garage that they converted into a little to-code suite with working kitchen and bath. Only problem was convincing the bugs that this was no longer a Texas Garage. Being a California girl. I'm not used to water bugs and those sort of things. Well one night a terrible thing happened- I call it the Night of Horrors...

I opened the cabinet under the sink and a HUGE water bug practically pounced on me, and then he chased me and I ran to the bathroom screaming and climbed up onto the toilet, still screaming my head off. My hubby came downstairs and looked at me like I was a mad woman. I'm blubbering about the water bug when all of a sudden I notice two HUGE house spiders that were camoflauged on the black diamonds on the tile. Naturally, the thought that I had run past these made me even more hysterical and I started to cry like a baby. Hubby killed the spiders, the water bug snuck away in the hubbub, and when hubby finally convinced me to step down off the toilet, something on the floor behind the toilet catches my eye...

It was a cricket gnawing on another cricket's leg. I nearly fainted!

And all you people rolling your eyes and thinking what a girlie wimp I am, I'll have you know that hubby makes me kill the moths, amd wrangle the foot long Alligator lizards that sneak into the house and my first pet was a King snake. So there!

Nichols, IA(Zone 5a)

Croclover...... ROTFL and L and L and L !!!!!

Actually, I don't watch much TV. I agree it's mostly dribble!

Olympia, WA

PNW girl voting yes for cicada and fireflies - things we never get out west. I love it when I visit Indy and MO relatives...........luv the dank damp smell of the early AM in MO, as well.

Nichols, IA(Zone 5a)

No lightning bugs? How sad. We've had good spring rains, so have a large ''crop'' of them.

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