About Cicada

Cicadas are probably best known for their buzzing and clicking noises, which can be amplified by multitudes of insects into an overpowering hum. Males produce this species-specific noise with vibrating membranes on their abdomens. The sounds vary widely and some species are more musical than others. Though cicada noises may sound alike to humans, the insects use different calls to express alarm or attract mates.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bug

Diet: Herbivore

Average life span in the wild: Up to 17 years

Size: 0.75 to 2.25 in (2.2 to 5.5 cm)

Group name: Cloud or Plague

Did you know? Some cicadas produce loud, noisy calls that can be heard up to 1 mile (1.5 km) away.


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