Saturday, June 13, 2009

Camera Critters #62

For the past four years or so, I have spent most of my days wandering around the central Oregon area, looking for any type of critter to photograph. At first, almost everything I would image was a new species for me.

After doing it for so long, I find most of what I photograph these days is something I already have in my collection. However, once in a while, I come across something new.

Friday, June 12, 2009, I was wandering around the departure end of the airport runway when I began to hear a strange buzzing sound. I remembered the buzzing from my childhood, but this was the first time I heard it in central Oregon. As I attempted to track down where the sound was coming from, I began to realize there were more than one and they were above me in Juniper Trees.

Then at one tree, I looked up and silhouetted against the sky was the object of my search. It was an Okanagana bella. There it was, buzzing away, five feet above me. It has been years since I have seen a cicada of any type. It was a pleasing find for me.

Okanagana bella

Misty Dawn's Camera Critter Meme is a great way to see critters of all types. Go to the Meme homepage here and check out more entries. Then join the fun and let the world see your critters!

20 comments:

Denise said...

I've never seen this type of cicada before. It's a fascinating little insect. Thanks for introducing me to it.

Joy said...

Woah, awesome!

lv2scpbk said...

We had cicada last year in PA, but they were a light tan/brown color. Never seen one this dark before.

Karen said...

That one is a beauty !!!

Haven't heard many around here ... I think it may have been a little wet for them, as yet.

Great shot !

Snap said...

Wow. I've never seen this cicada before - a new one for me. They haven't started singing here, yet.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic find! I love its name. Beautiful photo!

Teena in Toronto said...

I've never seen one before.

I played too :)

Carletta said...

Congrats on a new find for your collection!

Nice shot!

jabblog said...

Great photo of a very interesting subject. The tracery on the wings is beautiful.

wncmountainliving said...

Never seen this kind before - we were overrun by them last year - the noise was deafening! Nice details in the shot.

Julie said...

Wonderful capture. I love taking shots of insects.

Susan at Stony River said...

I haven't seen one of those for years--and I've never gotten a photo of one at all. Loved this! Wish I could hear it too, though I do remember the sound.

Faye Pekas said...

I don't believe I've ever seen one but I guess I wouldn't know what it was if I did. Congrats on you finding one :) Its quite handsome.

Misty Dawn said...

An Okanagana in a mini-marshmallow tree! How bool is that!!!

Your cicada looks different from my cicada... wanna get together and compare cicadas? bwaaaaaaaaahahahahahahaha

Luv ya!

Christy said...

Wow those wings look like wire. Such great clarity in this image of those wings. I am always so impressed with your photos although I don't always take the time to comment I do enjoy seeing your posts. Thanks for sharing.

Ladynred said...

Wow! interesting creature. I've seen one like that before!

Brooke said...

Being and Oregon girl myself, this is a familiar site. Great shot.

Luna ( from Brazil ) said...

wow I have never seen this kind of insect before!
Very different!
Great post!
purrs and love
Luna

Nikki said...

I don't think I have ever seen a cicada before! Great capture!

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Blue said...

I've never heard of a cicada before is it the same as a locust? I posted a picture of a squirrel that was playing in the yard I had to take it's picture.