Up close and personal

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

  • New Zealand is a land full of insects, more so perhaps than even Australia. One doesn’t have to worry about bugs here in the same way as you have to worry about spiders in Australia, though I’ve discovered a that Sand Flies in New Zealand have quite the evil bite.

    Today’s picture shows a Cicada, a tree living bug that in large numbers can create a near deafening racket. Cicadas are common across the world, though I can’t remember coming across them in the UK. I’m not sure if I like them or not. You quickly to get used to the constant noise they emit, but this afternoon as I walked through the forests around Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand’s South Island, I would rather have listened to the birdsong that was being well and truly drowned out by the constant clicking noise of these curious looking tree dwellers.