Are there any bug/ insect experts on this site, specifically cicadas.

Matt_01

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A completely OT question and in no way related to travel or flying, prior to 2020 over the past 10 years I spent little time at home and have not really noticed this in the past. Also as background as a kid in NSW I used to pick cicada shells from the trees, now some 40 years later I now live in SA. Recently it seems every evening the cicadas start chirping in my front yard, I quite like the noise they make and find it relaxing, however each night at roughly the same time they just stop as if the orchestra conductor has waved the batton and there is silence. The trees we have in the front yard are established x1 coughe myrtle, x3 ornamental plums, x1 native frangipani, and a couple of pine type plants.
 
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Matt_01

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I suspect that it is crickets or katydids that you are hearing.
After doing some more research via Google and Youtube I believe you are correct and I suspect that my friends (former) are not cicadas and are either crickets or katydids. Since posting this thread I have dropped 100-150mm of mulch across our garden beds and now the once "quite nice sound" which used to be relaxing seems to have vanished and replaced with a varying 24/7 chirip. Not sure if the original alpha cricket or katydids is still with us or if it is a case of the garden wars, either way my head is now done with the 24/7 chirping.
 

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