Friday, November 14, 2014

Quote of the Day (Diane Ackerman, on the Music of Fall Insects)

“Cicadas, buckling and unbuckling their stomach muscles, yield the sound of someone sharpening scissors. Fall field crickets, the thermometer hounds, add high-pitched tinkling chirps to the jazz, and their call quickens with warm weather, slows again with cool. Carolina crickets (which roost far beyond the Carolinas) furnish a buzzing trill. Grasshoppers sound as if they're shuffling decks of cards. Snowy tree crickets lend a chirping melody to the ensemble. It's the ultimate jug band using body parts as instruments.”-- Diane Ackerman, “OPINION: A Little Night Music,” The New York Times, September 23, 2012
I took the photo accompanying this post earlier this week in Sea Pines Nature Preserve in Hilton Head, S.C.

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