Cicadas – The singing insects!

How could a creature stay underground for years and appear on the over the ground all of a sudden!

Cicadas do this!

Cicadas are oval-shaped, winged insects that provide a buzzing and clicking song heard in nature. Most cicadas appear every year in late June through August, while others emerge only every few years.

There are around 3,000 cicada species, so they vary in size from 0.75 to 2.25 in long. Cicadas can be black, brown or green and can have red, white or blue eyes.

Their wings are transparent and can seem rainbow-hued when held up to a light source. The veins on the tips of the wings of some cicadas make the shape of a W. They live a relatively long time — 4 to 17 years, depending on whether they are annual or periodical cicadas. The periodical cicadas live the longest. The 13 or 17-year life cycle of a periodical cicada begins when an adult female cicada lays her eggs in slits she cuts in the twigs and branches of trees. When the eggs hatch, they nymphs or juveniles drop to the ground and burrow into the soil. The growing cicada then spends the next 13 to 17 years underground as a nymph.

A group of these insects is called a cloud or plague. Cicadas are herbivores. This means they eat vegetation. Young cicadas eat liquid from plant roots while molting cicadas eat twigs.

Cicadas are among the loudest insects known to man, and a swarm of them can produce sounds up to 120 decibels. That’s louder than a rock concert (about 115 decibels), and comparable to the noise from a chainsaw.

Cicadas loudest in four years as Sydney experiences a bumper season

Sarah Falson  – DECEMBER 20 2017 – 11:00 AM – Hawkesbury Gazette.

YOU’D be right if you thought the cicadas were a little louder this year. Sydney is experiencing a bumper season – the largest since 2013 – and leafy areas of the Hawkesbury are teeming with the vociferous invertebrates.

Their chorus is so loud in some suburbs (including Bowen Mountain where this journalist lives) that simply being outside amongst the trees, once peaceful, has become a little stressful.

Then, once the sun goes down and the cacophonous chorus calms, the boisterous bugs find other ways to make nuisances of themselves – like flying into the nearest person’s head en route to gather around the glow of the garden light.

Billions of Cicadas Set To Invade the Northeast in May

By James Crugnale – The Weather Channel

April 15, 2016

The red-eyed, loud, humming insects are expected to emerge in parts of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia. The critters, which are part of the “Brood V,” will then spend the next four to six weeks mating and laying eggs.

Gene Kritsky, a cicada expert at Mount St. Joseph University told in a phone interview that when the ground reaches the magic temperature of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, the insects will burst out, though unseasonable continental warming could affect their surge

Kritsky assured that the insects were not dangerous to humans.

“They’re sucking insects,” he said. “These guys will puncture the bark of trees but won’t cause any harm (to people). They’re actually quite beneficial for ecology — (their emergence) helps rain get to roots faster.”

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