TURQUOISE CICADA ©Paul Bertner
Shot at Manu Lodge, Manu National Park, Lowland Amazon Basin, Peru
Pierre Jolivet and Krishna K. Verma in their book Fascinating Insects write:
Happy are the cicadas, since their wives are mute, wrote one day some macho writer
at the beginning of an entomology book. Yes, among the cicadas, only the males sing, or better screech to be more correct. They can all together produce sounds as strong as a subway train entering a station, or a child yelling, or working of a pneumatic drill. At 90 decibels, their song competes with a lawn mower. That is not at all exaggeration.