green bugs in Tuscany

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Oct 19th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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Jane
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green bugs in Tuscany

Just got back from an amazing trip to Marcialla and the Chianti region. We were inundated with green leaf-shaped bugs which looked to be from the beetle family. They buzzed like the Vespa motorbike and were called "chimi....something". Our tour group took to calling them 'chimichangas'. Does anyone know what these are really called?
 
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Oct 19th, 2002, 11:50 AM
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Sounds like they were cigale (pronounced chee-gah-leh). Cicadas in English.
 
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Oct 19th, 2002, 09:59 PM
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The are called cimice (chee-me-chay) and are abundant in fall and early winter until the first frost. They can be found in great numbers near soybean fields. Don't smash them as they stink. We often call them stink bugs.
 
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Oct 20th, 2002, 03:53 PM
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Didn't you just love Marcialla, and the whole area? I trust you were traveling with AHI? We loved our trip there a few weeks ago, however, we didn't see any of the green bugs that you mention. Susan
 
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