Do you hear that Sound?
Yeah, what am I deaf? That sound is call of a male insect that has waited 13-years to emerge from soil of Southern Illinois.
Some may wonder what is the purpose of living only 4-8 weeks after they emerge, but the answer to this question is deep. That is deep in the ground, because the cicada, called a nymph before it molts, lives most of its life underground surviving on the fluids of roots. The reason for emerging is to reproduce.
According to magicicada.org this group of cicadas is called Broad XXIII. Their breeding ground extends along the Mississippi River on the western side of Southern Illinois.
- Cicadas do not bite or sting
- Males are the noise-makers
- Density of can be 1.5 million per acre
- Cicadas are not locusts. Locusts are related to grasshoppers.
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