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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Sound of Summer

Well sadly, it is almost ending, but I think most people (myself included) recognize the Cicada as one of the summer sounds.   There are over 3,000 species of cicadas and they all have different life cycles.  Some last for 17 years, which is probably the most widely talked about phenomenon, and others have either yearly life cycles or life cycles that span a few years.  I have never experienced on molting, but I have heard it is a site to behold!

Male cicadas make species specific noises that come from their abdomen. The sound varies depending on whether it is attracting a mate or expressing alarm.

Here's a neat photo of a visiting cicada that I had the other day.  

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