|fishing spider similar to|
one we had in the house
|Dog Day Cicada on our patio chair|
I must say, we've had some pretty interesting bugs. I think the most interesting bug I've seen so far is a Dog Day Cicada (pronounced "sick-AY-duh", "SICK-ah-DAHH" or "sih-KAH-duh"). This bug appeared on a patio chair on the deck last summer. At first I thought it was a fly, but it was way too big (about 2 inches long), with its large bug-eyes and green/black body and beautiful transparent wings. I tried taking several pictures, and managed a couple of good ones. I had never seen one of these bugs before, and apparently they're pretty elusive (according to the Bugs of Ontario book), but have heard them for many years, always wondering what made that sound. These bugs can be heard in the summer making incredibly loud buzzing sounds. To me, the sound always seemed to come from the hydro wires, but apparently it's the male singing on a tree about 3 or 4 meters above ground. It'll stop singing or fly away if you scare it. Now I know it's the Dog Day Cicada, and I'll listen a bit more attentively this summer.
|Red Flat Bark Beetle|
|red dragonfly like the ones we had last summer|
|image of Leaf-footed Bug|
Other interesting bug sightings include a Green Lacewing (good garden bug - like ladybugs, they eat aphids; unfortunately, I only saw a dead one in the house), Praying Mantis (also a good predator bug, feeding on other bugs; lots of these around - one even landed on my son's shoulder in the house during our first summer, and I had a one of them "watching" me one evening in the garage last summer as I stained our front door), and a Walking Stick (which we found sitting outside on the living room window frame, before the windows were replaced - it really did look like a stick, and moved very slowly).
But I think what's more interesting than seeing these bugs is that I actually don't mind sharing my space with some of these bugs, as long as they're harmless (at least to us and our house) and stay off in the corner somewhere out of my way where I can admire them from a distance. I've certainly come a long way in bug tolerance from when I was a kid, growing up on the farm - I would freak at the site of any bug.