Ledra aurita is an example of a cicada which is so well hidden, especially on the stem of an oak, that it is very hard to find. It is not very small though, but the colouring and the fact that it is extremely flat, do the trick. The animal in the pictures is a near adult nymph. After the next change it is going to be an adult. As such it is the largest cicada in Western Europe, reaching a lenth of some 15 mm. It seems to be rather common, but who's goin' to count them, when you can't find them?