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Bugs in China
« on: October 06, 2010, 12:21:54 PM »

Apart from the ants nest that developed in my 1Tb external drive last week, the other bug that keeps landing in the washing on the line are these fellas.

I think they are called cicada bugs. They sit in the tops of trees and make a very loud chirp that can be ear splitting if there are enough of them. One time I thought someone was cutting wood with a blunt disc.

The iPod gives some idea of scale.

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nick_75au

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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2010, 12:27:48 PM »

Your right they are Cicadas, I believe ours down under are the loudest insect on earth.

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mattycoops43

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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2010, 12:31:18 PM »

bloomin glad I live in UK in that case! I don't like crawly crawleys!
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steamboatmodel

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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2010, 02:06:05 PM »

I have been told that you can buy them at fast food stalls deep fried.
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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2010, 02:09:04 PM »


... I think I'm gonna faint!
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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2010, 02:16:05 PM »

  We get them here in Canada too. I believe they live in the ground for up to seven years in a pupate state, then change to what you see in Tiger's pictures. They climb trees in this state so they can reproduce. Years ago I went by a lit grocery store at night, thousands of these were attracted to the light and were bouncing off the store glass like hail.
  I imagine they'd be good protein on the wing though.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada
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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2010, 02:18:53 PM »

You can buy them in little bamboo cages as pets.

I have only seen deep fried crickets here, though they do eat stir-fried barbecued cicada up north.

Cicada also eat a lot of wasp larvae, and so good for protein indeed.
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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2010, 04:26:26 PM »

Cicada also eat a lot of wasp larvae, and so good for protein indeed.

I  thought cicada's weren't carnivorous they're veggies! the wasp larvae was inside the Cicada because that's where they were laid by the the Cicada wasp - My mother had some in cages on the balcony when I was a lad......noisy beggars!
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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2010, 07:51:09 PM »

If you read on John,you,ll see that they actually live underground for anything between 13/17 years,they are sometimes refereed to as the 17 year locust,although they are not of the locust family

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Re: Bugs in China
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2010, 09:21:40 PM »

Found this on our dog the other year.
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