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Kirst Joscelyne

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At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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on The Return of the Summer Buzz

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Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

A really interesting blog on cicadas. I had not known much about them till I read your article. Thanks!

Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Hello Kirst, I appreciate a lot your blog today! Cicadas are among my favourite arthropods, they are very useful and interesting little creatures. And yes, their sounds is summer’s soundtrack. The pictures are lovely. Cicadas here appear to be more colourful than in other parts of the world. I take the chance to remember Dr Wilson, entomologist who was father to sociobiology. Thank you for the nice surprise

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Hi Kirst, thanks for the interesting read on these little cicadas insect. They live so long underground before they become an adult, to mate and the male dies, female lays her eggs and dies. So the cycle begins all over again. Just goes to show how little we know about these insects, even that they existed.

Anita Santoro
Explorer

I spent many summers in upstate New York and am very familiar with this awesome summer sound. I never knew what they looked like until we traveled to Australia and walked thru a forest where they were SO loud it was crazy and then found one that passed on the beach…I was amazed at how large they are but had spent 50 years of my life never seeing one! Thanks for the lesson on their lives!

Marcia Parker
Senior Digital Ranger

Last year in the US we had Brood X, 17 year cicadas emerge. Being a news worthy event, I heard about their amazing life cycle just last year. Unfortunately, they were not in my state so I did not experience the BUZZ directly 🤪.
I think they have beautiful wings that remind me a bit of a stained glass window… Thanks for the post!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a great blog Kirst. The sound of Cicades always reminds me of hot summer days in the Mediterranean where the pine forests are alive with them. We often find them on deck having been blown off shore by a brisk afternoon breeze. Fascinating that they have such a long cycle of life before they appear in the trees..I will certainly go out of my way to try and find an exoskeleton. Thanks 🙏🏻💕

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Wonderful story Kirst based upon a childhood memory. I only knew about Cicadas after traveling to Africa my first time, wondering what the constant buzzing was. Growing up in Northern California, the summer sounds the most familiar were the crickets singing each night, a very different sound and not as likely to lull one to sleep.
Their life cycle is fascinating, albeit rather sad. To have spent the majority of their life underground, and then finally escape to find a mate and die is like a tragic opera, but what I love so much about nature and its many unsung stars. Happy New Year and keep well!

Leonie De Young
Digital Tracker

A really interesting blog Kirst. I love the sound of crickets and ciccadas. I guess not all insects are appreciated, but they all play a part in the grand plan. Thanks for sharing.

Ian McLaren
Explorer

A most interesting story Kirst. You have certainly brought to life that of the cicadas. This is something I will save and pass on to other bush lovers. Thank you.

Patrick Smyth
Explorer

This past summer, in certain parts of America, mostly the east coast, the midwest and the deep south, the 17 year cicadas (what were mentioned above as Generation X brood) came out long and strong. There is a huge media buzz about the buzzers, themselves. People have even concocted many recipes for consuming these critters. I know that birds don’t cook up recipes, but they certainly left the suet balls on my birdfeeder alone for about 2 months, until all traces of the cicadas was gone, except their exoskeletons. Even squirrels, opossums and racoons get into the feeding frenzy. So, from humans to birds, the cicada is a valuable food source.
However, I had no idea their are 1300 species around the globe and I missed them in Africa in November and the first 4 days of November. They were probably waiting for warmer weather and we had so many overcast and rainy days, they probably either postponed their arrival or their season just starts later during the mid to end of December. Do you know the answer to this?

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