Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Dogday Harvestfly is a member of the cicada family and is known for it's song, which is compared to a circular saw cutting through wood. The body is approximately one and one quarter inches long and the wingspan can exceed three inches in width. It takes three years for the cicada nymph to mature. During this time it is living underground feeding off the juices of tree roots, mostly of pine trees. Once mature and above ground the adult does not eat. A new generation hatches each year in the same area. The name is taken from the time of the year it is seen, during the hot"dog days" of summer. Photo by Shannon Gritton.