August 2008 Sightings in the Windsor Area
Monday, August 11: While spring may be the best season for bird song August is the peak season for insect singers. Male dog-day cicadas (Tibicen sp.)are singing their loud, buzzing songs during the day. Dog-day cicadas are about 5 cm long with dark, greenish marked bodies and clear wings. Females lay their eggs in the twigs of trees but when the nymphs hatch they fall to the ground, and enter the soil where they remain for many years. Northern True Katydids (Pterophylla camellifolia) are heard at night. Their loud, distinctive "katy-did" song is common over much of the Northeastern US. In Ontario they can be heard only in the Carolinian region. Click here for more information on other katydids, crickets and grasshoppers.
Mid to late August is the peak of the flight season for underwing moths. Click here for information on how to attract and observe these large colourful moths.
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