Roots 'n' Shoots: The Aliens Are Amongst US!

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The Aliens Are Amongst US!

*Deep Apocalyptic Tone* Yes, friends… we have aliens that are living amongst us! All those far off stories about government-military cover-ups around alien spaceship landings and conspiracy theories surrounding alien abductions that you have had to suffer through on those long bus rides with the tinfoil-cone-hat-guy sitting next to you each mornin’ … are irrevocably true

Here I present proof of their infiltration into our gardens, possibly our homes and definitely into our society. Yes, friends, they move amongst us! Unseen and unsuspected by the human race they adorn the appearance of other humans. Now you ask me, “How is this possible? How do they do this?”…

The Aliens are Here!

…By studying us from a vantage point close to our homes… Watching, Listening… They learn our behaviour and gain our speech. After, which they shed their alien skin and take on their new human form. “Why!?”, do you ask. Why, indeed… *Dramatic Pause* We have yet to discover whether it is to cause the extinction of the human race, by gathering information on our social imperfections or our natural flaws, to use against us in our greatest hour of need … or whether it is to ensure their own survival by integrating with our lives and continuing their own race… we will never know before it is too late! … … … Um, and I ran out of nonsense to blabber J Although, I suppose that the speaker and those attending the lecture would disappear off the face of the earth, including all traces of their existence … now you should wonder whether this was due to the aliens or our own government … Hmmm….


It has shed its skin and taken on its human form!

…. J

Clearly I watch too many sci-fi movies and read too many crazy books J, but when I saw the leftovers of the cicada outside the window, I couldn’t help imagining some sort of alien plot. You can literally cue the intro music to the X-files! J Too, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo …


On a more serious note. This is a Cicada of the Platypleura genus, the Orange Wings. It is mostly found in the North of South Africa and is associated with large shrubs and trees, such as Acacia. It has that well-known continues chirring call that can drive you absolutely bonkers at times J.



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5 comments:

  1. I sometimes find their (shading?) or (exo-skeleton?) on tree branches, in garden. Can they harm tree, plants?

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  2. They eat tree roots and emerge from the soil to climb the tree and moult into adults - leaving their dry nymphal skin attached to the tree bark. Other than that they are an understudied insect family and poorly understood. Hmmm... I recall people in our Zoology department studying everything from harvestmen to dung beetles, but no cicadas :) But I don't think they do much harm to trees, given their developmental biology and spikes in cicada populations are fairly rare. Only the Magicicada species emerge in great numbers every 7-17 years, but then they mate and die. These are known as periodical cicadas, there are many "broods" that emerge across the USA. Brood I or Blue Ridge Brood is expected to emerge this year in Virginia :) The other cicadas emerge each year.

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  3. Oh Dear! emerging in Virginia means close at hand - 5 hours drive. I have heard that they emerge, fly in mass and destroy farm plants. Or am I confusing it some other alien?

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  4. Ok - I read up a bit on these periodical cicadas. They can cause some damage. This is mostly due to 'flagging' where masses of adults hang on trees and their weight may break branches. They feed by sucking nutrients from woody branches. Most crop losses are associated with small trees, especially in orchards (farmers are encouraged not to plant during emergence years). On the flip side, the damage they cause is balanced by the food they provide to all types of animals (from predatory wasps, birds, mammals, even parasitic fungi!) and fertilizer for plants after the masses of adults have dies around tree bases. So it seems to be all good at the end of the day - an insect species continues its existance and in the process assists other organisms to do the same - nature has a great way of balancing things out again. :)

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