Monday, February 24, 2014

Enjoying the Woods with Honey

Here are the Bush and Peacock families with their happy dog Honey

Annabelle giving Honey a scritch on her head 

Annabelle and Leo have fun looking for cicadas - or rather, where cicada nymphs have left their discarded exoskeletons hanging onto tree trunks...



Visit Te Ara - our wonderful online New Zealand encyclopedia - to read more about cicadas.

"In its final moult, the cicada changes from a drab, ground-dwelling nymph to an often colourful, energetic, winged adult. The exoskeleton is entirely shed, including the linings of the breathing tubes, which can often be seen poking out from the cast skin. In areas dense with cicadas, dozens of skins can be seen on tree trunks.

The nymphal skin splits along the back of the thorax and an adult gently emerges and hangs to allow its soft and crumpled wings to be pumped up to their full size. By the next morning the wings are hard enough for the adult to fly away, leaving behind the empty case of the nymph."
From : John Marris. 'Cicadas - Introducing cicadas', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 13-Jul-12 
The posts along the top fence line have HEAPS of cicada shells hanging there...

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