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Get ready for the 17 year cicada!    A fairly large insect of the order hemiptera, the cicada is known for the sound of its mating call, a shrill and monotonous buzz that can last for weeks at the end of summer.  Unlike crickets who make sounds by rubbing together body parts, cicadas produce their noise with a portion of their chitinous exoskeleton called the tymbal.
The word cicada comes from the Latin word cicada, and although it was common in  Latin it is considered a loan word from another language, but the loaner word and language is now lost.   The cicada enjoys world wide distribution with most varieties having a lifespan of 2-5 years, though some notably live much longer, specifically the 13 and 17 year cicadas.  Note the large wide set eyes-but also note the three smaller eyes in a triangular pattern between the larger eyes.
Image of a cicada emerging as imago from its last instar courtesy of Pete Lounsbury under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.

Get ready for the 17 year cicada!    A fairly large insect of the order hemiptera, the cicada is known for the sound of its mating call, a shrill and monotonous buzz that can last for weeks at the end of summer.  Unlike crickets who make sounds by rubbing together body parts, cicadas produce their noise with a portion of their chitinous exoskeleton called the tymbal.

The word cicada comes from the Latin word cicada, and although it was common in  Latin it is considered a loan word from another language, but the loaner word and language is now lost.   The cicada enjoys world wide distribution with most varieties having a lifespan of 2-5 years, though some notably live much longer, specifically the 13 and 17 year cicadas.  Note the large wide set eyes-but also note the three smaller eyes in a triangular pattern between the larger eyes.

Image of a cicada emerging as imago from its last instar courtesy of Pete Lounsbury under a Creative Commons 3.0 license.

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