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Cicada

The soundscape of the Japanese summer is dominated by cicadas. They spend years in the ground as nymphs, and when they finally come out, they only have a few days to mate before they die. To attract lady cicadas, the males sit in trees and sing by rubbing their wings against each other, making sounds so loud that sometimes my ears start tingling (Wikipedia tells me that they are capable of producing sounds of up to 120 dB and can cause hearing loss if they sing right next to your ear). And they are huge. I’d say that this one’s body was at least 5cm. If you want to have the full experience, listen to this.

In the photo you can see it enjoying some lovely tree sap with its proboscis, a straw-like appendage to its mouth.

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