Mysterious noise identified

Some speculated that it was machinery of some sort; others, toads; still others, a bird. Thanks to diligent research and consultation with experts, the producer of the very loud sound that’s new to most of us this summer has been identified as a giant cicada. Here’s a link to some recordings. Warmer weather has apparently encouraged these insects to extend their range northward. Here’s what the San Antonio Express-News reported recently: “Giant cicadas making quite a racket,” byline Anton Caputo. This article has been syndicated by AP but has not appeared in our local daily. We have been seeing the sheddings from the usual cicacadas, not all that large, but have not yet seen any signs of these quite cacophonous creatures, only heard them.

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  1. Austin Blog Posts Week of July 12th 2009 | Republic of Austin (pingback) on July 20th, 2009 @ 1:49 pm

    […] that sounds like a whistle stop or a fax machine screaming? Our friends over at Austin Metblogs have figured it out: Quesada gigas.  Originally from Mexico, this giant cicada was spotted for the first time in […]

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