Cutora the snorer


In the middle of this photo you can see a dot of yellow and one of green. The dot of yellow is a wasp which is in the throes of killing the dot of green which is a Kikihia cutora, the autumn or snoring cicada (it sings well into the autumn when other cicada species have finished and it’s song sounds like a sleepy “zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz damba damba damba”).


I stole the dying cicada from the wasp and took this picture of it. Further along the track I watched as a house sparrow also ate one. I’ve seen tuis and mynas eat them and recently a photo of a bellbird with one in its beak. This beautiful cicada is food for so many creatures its a wonder there are any left.





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