Cicada could bring sound of Provence to Amsterdam

25th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


The insect that provides the characteristic soundtrack to the sun-drenched Mediterranean has hitched a lift to the Netherlands. And according to urban ecologist Baudewijn Odé, the cicada could be here to stay.

His investigations have shown that cicadas travelled to Amsterdam from the south of France in the branches of imported elm trees. The elms came from the area of Avignon in Provence, where in summer the air is famously filled with the rasping sound of cicadas.

Mr Odé says the Dutch climate is hardly ideal for the Mediterranean insects, but because temperatures in the city are higher than in the countryside, it’s quite possible that the cicadas could survive along the canals of Amsterdam.

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