If you haven’t heard a cicada before listen to this:
and then imagine what a row of trees filled with them must sound like! It’s the sound of summer in the Midi, this mating call made by the male cicadas by clicking membranes on their thoraxes – it’s not peaceful in the countryside when this lot get going. This evening there was one in our olive tree, making a really piercing chattering noise as I walked past:
They’re not very pretty creatures but I liked the way the low evening sun was glinting on the wings of this one.