Dog Day Cicadas—
Despite their name—do not bark
They don’t even eat
Consumed singing lustful songs
They just want to fuck—then die
Depth Charge: Yesterday I posted a poem about finding a cicada outside my door, and I wondered at its silence. Later that day I posted pictures of it on the ID Request section of Bugguide.net where a discussion ensued and it was agreed that it was a Tibicen Canicularis, also known as a Dog Day Cicada, or Dog Day Harvestfly. It was also identified as female, which explains its silence, as females do not sing. Looking it up on Wikipedia also said that the adult Tibicen Canicularis does not eat, being fully concentrated on reproduction. This resonates well with Plato’s myth of the cicadas in Phaedrus and Chinese beliefs that the Cicada subsisted only on dew.
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