to burrow their way under the ground in your backyard for many years, and then one day out of the blue, while you are sipping on lemonade with your loved ones having a nice picnic, all of a sudden thousands of Cicada Bugs, like an army, start to drill their way from under the ground and start popping up. Just imagine how scary that would be to see thousands of large bugs coming out of the ground and making very loud noises, buzzing and clicking. And just how do they do that you ask?
Well Cicada Bugs make their noises by vibrating the membranes on their abdomens. And those sounds that you hear can vary due to the different kinds that exist, but they have to use them in order to communicate to either express alarm or to attract their mates. And while you are getting used to the horrible sounds these bugs make (About 90 decibels which is the same amount of sound a lawnmower makes), you should know that there are about 3000 Cicada species. And they do look scary with their five-eyes, but make no mistakes, these well-rested insects will burrow their way out of the ground across your area, and for the next four to six weeks, they will attach themselves to nearby vegetation or man-made surfaces like porch screens, shed their nymph-stage exoskeletons and emerge as adults, triggering a brief and noisy period of courting and mating followed by egg-laying and death. And then when young cicada nymphs hatch from their eggs, they dig themselves into the ground to suck the liquids of plant roots. They spend several early life stages in these underground burrows before surfacing as adults. The process varies in length but often takes a number of years.
But please, don't be scared when you see so many Cicada Bugs, because they don’t bite, they don’t carry diseases to humans or pets, and they don’t damage structures. But they can harm trees and ornamentals, but it’s generally cosmetic damage. Small or newly transplanted trees are about all you have to worry about. Periodical cicadas do not create destructive plagues, as some locusts do, though tens or hundreds of thousands of insects may crowd into a single acre. Large swarms can overwhelm and damage young trees by feeding and laying eggs, but older trees usually escape without serious damage.
Cicadas are members of the order Homoptera and are physically distinguished by their stout bodies, broad heads, clear-membrane wings, and large compound eyes. The insect's amazing lifestyle has been a source of fascination since ancient times. Several cultures, such as the ancient Chinese, regarded these insects as powerful symbols of rebirth.
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