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Old 06-03-2010, 08:47 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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Just within the past week, we have been barraged nightly with what must be some type of insect opera. They don't sound like crickets to me, it's a different sound. There is one in our tree in the front that is SO incredibly loud it is unreal. It's a repetitive, rapid, almost snoring-type sound but at a higher pitch.

Any ideas? Hopefully it's just seasonal or...less...

**edited to add: hubby says it sounds like a maraca shaking back and forth really fast with a few silent seconds in between.

**edited further to add: if they're cicadas, they're ones I am not familiar with. We would hear them in Houston but not this late at night, they made plenty of noise though during the day and early evening. It was a different sound...but like I said, it may be they are cicadas that are more west/south TX than east TX.

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Old 06-03-2010, 09:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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the only thing I can think of is cicadas..........
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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yep... that's it!
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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They may just be louder due to the moisture and hot temperatures.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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The frequency of chirping varies according to temperature. To get a rough estimate of the temperature in degrees fahrenheit, count the number of chirps in 15 seconds and then add 37. The number you get will be an approximation of the outside temperature.
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Old 06-03-2010, 10:18 PM
 
Location: San Antonio-Westover Hills
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I am positive I have found what I am hearing:

http://www.texasento.net/Paracyrtophyllus_robustus.mp3

The Central Texas Leaf-Katydid



It is QUITE a racket! The article states they will "sing" through the night and I don't think cicadas do that.

Wow. Really amazing!
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:52 AM
 
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Yeah good job finding them thats them only Green in color. In 2007 they were really bad we couldn't even sit in the back they were so loud. I've noticed they are getting louder as each passes since last week.
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Old 06-04-2010, 12:18 PM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Cicadas! Now there's a fun bug. When the eggs hatch, the babies fall to the ground and burrow down until they are larger, so as not to be eaten by predators such as dogs, cats, frogs, and small children. Then they crawl back up into the trees and shed their skin. You will see the empty shells from time to time.

They have big ol' eyes and make quite a racket.
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:08 PM
 
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I heard them in Tenn, Georgia, Florida and Virginia. Here are a couple of video/audios of cicadas or katydids


YouTube - Summer cicada sound and video


YouTube - Singing Cicadas
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Old 06-04-2010, 03:32 PM
 
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Actually I think you are hearing the smoke monster from Lost
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