Sorry for sending two off topic (OT) posts so close together but I was
planning on sending this one and I just couldn't pass on the Australian one.
I've been doing a bit of research on the expected emergence of the
seventeen-year locusts this summer (they are actually a type of cicada.)
Although widespread in the east of the U.S. I've never heard them. I've
found that although they are found in neighboring states Massachusetts seems
to be off limits for them.
Anyway, since Eliot mentions cicadas in TWL (though not necessarily one of
the periodic cicadas) and non-Norte Americanos might not have heard of them
I thought I would share some of the links I've come across.
But first here is TSE in TWL:
If there were water
And no rock
If there were rock
And also water
A pool among the rock
If there were the sound of water only
Not the cicada
And dry grass singing
But sound of water over a rock
Where the hermit-thrush sings in the pine trees
Drip drop drip drop drop drop drop
But there is no water
The place to start is Wikipedia and a search for "Seventeen-year locust"
will redirect you to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodical_cicadas
There you will learn that they have been classified into broods and the
brood that is coming out this year is in Brood II and this page will show
you where they will emerge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_II
Youtube has a 5 or 6 minute clip about them: Amazing Cicada life cycle - Sir
David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth - BBC wildlife - BBC Worldwide:
For playing mp3 audio only try this page (which seems to be an on-the-fly
modification of the above Youtube page):
And more info is on the Massachusetts Cicada website (ain't the web grand?):