So how did we catch them? Well we tried mimicking their songs by hissing through our teeth, and found that these cicada species have very jealous little males (it is amazing what you find out when you try to talk back to cicadas!). When one male is sitting stationary in a bush, and another male flies by singing, the stationary male will make little growly, complaining sounds. So when we mimicked the songs by hissing, any stationary males sitting around us would start complaining. If you were quick you could sometimes track them down to the bush they were complaining from and grab them before they flew off!
Below is a picture of one species we collected. Currently there are five
described species in the genus Zouga, but the genus appears to be very
speciose, so this is probably an undescribed species.
Note: Kathy and Dave are on an extended trip through South Africa, Australia, Mauritius and New Zealand collecting cicadas, and this is one of the species encountered in South Africa.