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Sulphur Cicada

Sulphogaeana sulphurea

Description:

Large insect that looks like Darth Vader. Yellow wings trimmed in brown, with black marks.

Habitat:

I spotted many of these flying around (they look like tiny birds in flight) but this one was found lying still near the door of the dining hall of the Neora Valley Jungle Camp. It was alive when I spotted it.

Notes:

These make a REALLY loud noise. I have a video. Two kids spotted me taking the photo, when I walked out after my meal I found they had battered the poor thing to death. The population did not take a big hit I know but felt saddened, nonetheless. Please also see: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/14... All Thanks to Mark Ridgway for the ID.

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32 Comments (1–25)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Daniele, You deserve special thanks:)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Sukanya :-)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks, Mark. Appreciate your use of Bangla. :)

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

It means wonderful in Gujrati.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Congrats Sukanya! Very nice poka :)

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

I know, it must be the Sanskrit roots....but I was still surprised and began to laugh when you wrote adbhut (we use it in the context of strange...which Darth Vader insect is) Thank you, Hema.

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Gujurati and Bengali have so many similar words.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Ha , Ha , Ha. Adbhut!...THANK YOU....That was my sister and you picked it up :) You use the word in Gujrati too? :)

Hema
Hema 4 years ago

Congrats! Ki Adbhut!,Sukanya !

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

AntonioGinjaGinja....OH! Did I get the Spotting of the Week? I thought it was just nomination! Thank you.
Thank you, LaurenZarate, my first video on PN. Daniele helped me.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 years ago

Great video, nice to see it singing!

Great spotting SukanyaDatta,congrats on the well deserved Spotting of the week and thanks for sharing

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

@ Leuba: Uploading on UTube was Ok...time consuming though. DanielePralong uploaded the clip on PN for me...my first video.
@ Mark: Oh yes, very quiet!!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

Great video ! I love your 'homing-in' technic. Thanks for going to so much trouble to present us the video. I still don't know how to post a clip !!!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Excellent addition of video - thanks.
Nicely quiet cicadas you have there :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

My pleasure :-)

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

OK, it's done and working :-) I am using Chrome too, so the issue must be with settings on your computer. I know Malcolm has tried to help you with this in the past... so sorry it's still not working for you. Anyway the most important think is that the video is now there. I love this spotting: cicadas can be as spectacular as other insects!

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Thanks, Daniele.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

No worries Sukanya, I am going to try and fix it for you. Just give me a few minutes.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

DanielePralong: My computer uses Chrome and Chrome has security issues with PN! So I upload macro-enabled stuff using Internet Explorer at work (old office computers run both browsers)
Can you PLEASE PLEASE post the link in the box PN Provides for videos...I'd be really grateful...and I am so happy you HEARD the loud sound it makes. THANK YOU.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 4 years ago

The video is great Sukanya! Would you like to have it uploaded as part of the spotting? Do you need help with this?

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 years ago

Wow...what a lovely surprise and an honour. Thank you so much. I have a video too...but I have never uploaded videos before. I will try.Thanks again.

Fyn Kynd
Fyn Kynd 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

doctorsutaparay
doctorsutaparay 4 years ago

Ki adbhut, didi!

JoseJones14
JoseJones14 4 years ago

Nice!

West Bengal, India

Lat: 23.00, Long: 87.69

Spotted on Mar 25, 2015
Submitted on Mar 27, 2015

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