Cicada Fun Facts

 

Cicadas live most of their life underground.

Cicadas are insects.

Cicada in Latin means tree cricket.

They live on every continent except Antarctica.

There are over 2,000 types of cicadas.

Some cicada’s are annuals meaning they come out every year or every couple of years.

Annual cicadas are dark with green markings.  They come out in July and early August.

Periodical cicada’s come out every 17 years.

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Periodical cicadas are dark with red eyes and come out in May or early June.

Periodical cicadas will come out in 2013 and again in 2030.

Periodical cicadas live in the Eastern US.

Periodical cicadas that emerge in years before they are supposed to emerge are called stragglers.

Cicadas have four wings.

Cicadas have a wingspan between 2.5 cm- 15cm wide.

When they are not flying cicada’s wings go back along the sides of their bodies.

Cicada’s are bad flyers and often bump into things.

Cicada’s have two large eyes on the sides of their heads.  They have three very small eyes called ocelli (an eye having a single lens) that are on the top of their heads.

Cicada’s mouth is long and thin like a beak.  It works like a straw to suck the sap from plants.

Cicadas are harmless to people.  They don’t bite or sting.

Sometimes cicadas can damage trees by feeding off of them and laying eggs because there are so many of them.

Cicadas are the loudest insect around.

Male cicadas make loud noises with their tymbals.  Their tymbals are located on the sides of their stomachs.

Males cicadas sounds are different pitches for different reasons.  Some sounds are for attracting female mates and others are for keeping predators away.

Many animals like to eat cicadas when they come out, such as many rodents, birds, lizards, moles even fish.

Female cicadas lay up to 600 eggs in tiny holes in trees and branches.

When the eggs hatch they fall from the tree and burrow themselves into the ground.

While in the ground they attach themselves to tree roots.

While attached to the tree roots they eat by sucking the sap from the trees.

When the cicadas come out of the ground they attach to trees to shed skin and the adult cicada comes out.

An adult male cicada is called a imago.

Adult cicadas live above ground for about six weeks.

While above ground male cicadas make noise  to attract females.  Females lay eggs and the process starts again.

Tiffany
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Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

Tiffany

Founder of Kids Activities Blogs ~ Welcome to my creative spot on the net. I'm a Special Education Paraeducator, former Homeschooler, and married mother of 4 creative kids. I have over 20 years experience working with kids of all ages. I enjoy camping, photography, graphic design, running this website and being with my family. My online adventure began almost 6 years ago.

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