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Large Brown Cicada

Abura-Zemi, 油蝉, Large brown cicada, Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata.


Host tree; Momi, 樅, Momi fir, Abies firma


This is one of the most common cicada throughout Japan. In summer we hear them everywhere, even in urban environment where there are more or less trees. The wings are brown and not transparent. I suppose this protects the body from strong sunbeam and enable this to survive in heating urban environment.


The Japanese name means Oil-Cicada, because its chirp sounds like boiling oil in a pan.


Hear the Aburazemi


It is never musical. It especially chirps in the afternoon, the hottest hours. THis chirp reminds us the hot summer day.


Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan, Aug2007




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Taken on August 15, 2007