Well, when I say new ‘Fethiye pet,’ I mean more of a new ‘regular visitor.’ He’s been with us for the last few days and I’d lay a good bet that he’s with us now, as I write. Here he is. Isn’t he a little / big beauty? His wings are amazing.
Granted, a lot of people are going to look at our pet cicada and think he’s a pretty scary looking being. A couple of years ago, I would have been in that camp too. I’m not brave with wildlife but ‘big things’ fly about in Turkey and I’ve taught myself over time that these things are not out to eat me all up or bite me or sting me. That’s not what they’re born to do. They’re just doing what they do (hmm, although that might involve a bite or a sting if I annoy them in some way!).
Of course, Barry has been trying to drum this into my head for years but it doesn’t matter how often someone tells you that – creepy crawlies are creepy crawlies. Anyway, I’ve got brave now and I actually quite like live, non-human-beings, these days.
I was very brave, I thought, getting so close to our cicada to get a photo. For two days now, he’s been singing loudly at the top of his voice and the sound was coming from a tree right in front of the balcony. For one cicada, the noise is amazingly loud. We knew which tree it was but we couldn’t see him (and actually, why is there just one cicada? Has he got lost?)
Then, this morning, he landed on the side of the tree bark and we could see his profile. I crept up to get my photo – see above – and then did a quick Wiki research on them. Fortunately for me, they don’t bite or sting or whatever. They’re just big noisy insects and the noisy ones are the blokes, hence me calling our cicada a ‘he’. He is very noisy.
What I didn’t find out on Wiki is why they make the noise they make. If it’s a mating call, then our pet cicada is being a bit thick because his nearest potential conquests are in the forests up the road!
Cicadas are native to many parts of the world; Turkey and Greece being two areas where they prevail. If you’re unsure what a cicada is (you very rarely see them, hence my interest today) but you know this area of Turkey, they are the noise coming from the forested areas; an almost screeching sound. The sound they give off has connotations, for us, of, ‘Wow, it’s hot. Why am I outside in this heat? Get me a drink!’ Wiki backed that up today when I read that cicadas screech loudly and proudly at temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius and above. That’ll be why we’ve heard a lot of cicada noise this summer then!
On our very first holiday to Fethiye in 1998, we stayed up the very steep hill, on the Karagözler, at the Pirlanta Hotel. Our room backed onto the forested hillside and therefore the very loud song of the cicadas. Nothing even entered our heads about what these things were. We were just loving the ‘sounds of abroad.’ So we had a good chuckle when we heard a fellow guest complaining to reception about the noise from the hills – and whether it would be possible to turn it down! I kid you not…