Cape Cod, Mass August 2008
This guy is special because he only comes above ground for a few weeks after living 17 years underground!!
Nearly all cicadas spend multiple years growing underground as juveniles, before emerging aboveground for a short adult stage of several weeks to a few months. The periodical cicada species are so-named because, in any one location, all of the members of the population are developmentally synchronized – they emerge as adults all at once in the same year. This periodicity is especially amazing because their life cycles are so extremely long – 13 or 17 years. Cicadas of all other species (perhaps 3000 worldwide) are not synchronized, so some adults mature each summer and emerge while the rest of the population continues to develop underground.
Periodical cicadas are average-sized for cicadas, but they are slightly smaller than the annual cicada species found in the same regions of the United States. They are black, with red eyes and yellow or orange stripes on the underside. The wings are translucent and have orange veins.
They are harmless insects; they neither bite nor sting. They are not venomous, and there is no evidence that they transmit diseases.
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