Captured moments – Rescuing a Dog-Day Cicada

I was working outside this week and heard a buzzing sound fly past my ear and the sound of something small hitting concrete.  I looked over at the drive way ramp and saw a cicada on it’s back, not moving.  I found a small stick and offered it to the cicada.  It grabbed it with its feet and I carried it to the porch, hoping to give it some shade and a safe place to recover from whatever had caused it to crash to the ground.

It was not the usual green cicada I am used to seeing.   I googled central Texas cicada to see what I could learn.   It turns out this is a Dog-Day Cicada.    They are an annual cicada with a 2-5 year life cycle.  I have heard of longer life cycles and those apparently are periodical cicadas, and complete their life cycle in 17 years. (The article in the blue link above, from the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension states the Texas periodical cicada can complete its life cycle in 13 years)  The Dog-Day Cicada’s coloring varies widely from green, brown and dark brown/black to green with black. This one appeared to be mostly brown and black, but the green showed up more depending on the lighting and background.

Once I had taken a few photos and noticed that the cicada was starting to move around a bit, I moved it to a larger potted plant where it could continue its recovery in relative quiet and safety.  When I checked on it later, it had gone.

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