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Img.321 from Korea (#10a)

Img.322 (aus Korea (#10b)

Img.323 from Korea (#10c)

Sequence (#10abc): Img.321/ Img.322/ Img.323 Fauna of Korea.

Img.321 (#10a) Here is the most popular bird of Korea that is - magpies. However, Korean magpies look a bit different from European magpies. Apparently, they have the same shape, size, appearance and behavior, but their feathers shine metallic with brilliant colors. (Magpies in Poland, for example, are only black and white).

Img.322 (#10b) Here is Korea's noisiest insect that is - the cicada. There are as many as several species of cicada making noise in Korea - but the one shown in the photo above is the loudest of them all. It squeaks so loudly that it rings in the ears. The noise it makes in the process reminds me a bit of the creaking sound made when rhythmically screwing a large screw into dry wood (or rhythmically turning a dry cork in the tight neck of an empty bottle). The cicada is also huge - about the size of a European sparrow. To assess its size, it is enough to realize that the diameter of the tree trunk on which I photographed it, in my estimation, exceeded 20 cm.

In the summer of 2007, South Korea also experienced the raid of yet another not-so-pleasant cicada. This new cicada raided Korea from the north, originally hailing from southern China, and moving steadily through North Korea toward the south. In August 2007, it had already reached the northern suburbs of Seoul. Called "lycorma delictula white," it looks like a centipede moth and is 5 cm long. It has no natural enemies in Korea, so it will be a big problem. An article about it, titled "Foreign Cicadas Irritate Residents," appeared on page 3 of The Korea Times newspaper, Saturday/Sunday edition, August 18-19, 2007. This new cicada "lycorma delictula white" had already arrived in Suwon on August 25, 2007, when I heard and saw one there for the first time in my life. At the time, I was walking through a small park just before dusk when I heard the voice of a new cicada I had not heard before. It sounded like the steady rattle of a machine gun, in which every single shot sounded like the strong crackle of a large spark from an electrostatic machine. In fact, this rattle was very unpleasant to the ears and highly annoying. I searched for what was emitting it to see if it was actually this new cicada, and then I saw it for the first time - exactly as it was shown in newspaper pictures, that is, large and looking a bit spooky. However, it was already too dark for me to take a picture of it as well.

Img.323 (#10c) Here is Korea's most popular insect that is - the dragonfly. In this case, this dragonfly sits on a rope in front of the gate of the royal palace. However, flying dragonflies can be seen in Korea literally at every turn.

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