My cicada has gone!
For a couple of weeks it was sending out increasingly frantic “I am here” signals, one lone voice in the wilderness, but now it’s stopped.
Was it eaten by an opportunist bird or lizard? Did a cat - (maybe ours) - with its night-vision eyes catch it, torture it for a while and then squash it with a paw? Has it died, heartbroken for lack of company?
Maybe, just maybe, it’s moved on to a more rewarding patch of ground?