BULLIES come in all ages

BULLIES come in all ages
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Surround yourself with positive people,
energy, and situations;
always avoid negativity.


Life is too short to wake up with regrets.
So, love the people who treat you right.

Forgive, and then forget about the ones who don't.

Monday, August 11, 2008


The sounds of the woods come from a great variety of wildlife including birds, squirrels, insects, pets, and sometimes the neighbor's "target practice".

One of my favorite sounds this time of year is the raucous katydids. I read somewhere that their song sounds similar to alternating accusations and denials of "katydid - katydidn't".

However you describe it, these cricket-related insects create so much noise on midsummer nights that their din makes our woods sound like something out of Africa.

Katydids produce songs by rubbing a "scraper" (the sharp edge of a front wing) against a "file" (the rough edge on the bottom of the other front wing). This process--known as "stridulating"--makes a series of chirps (as in the cricket), or results in that self-naming phrase of the katydid.

As with crickets, calling rates among katydids varies with the temperature, so you can always get an accurate weather report by solving the equation T=(C+161)/3, with T being the Temperature and C the number of calls per minute. This won't work in winter, of course, since all the stridulating katydids will be dead, so unless you're a classroom teacher helping students with math skills, maybe it would just be easier to buy a new thermometer.

Enjoy their evening songs while they last. The first frost will quiet them until next year. I found this noisy visitor on the kitchen window.


Amanda L said...

I would be honored to be linked to your blog! The katydid song this time of year is nothing less than a balm to my soul! I appreciate your lesson on it.

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