Annual Cicada - Tibicen linnei

MotherNature

Green Lane, United States

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Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittle bugs. There are quite a few kinds, each spending a different number of years underground as grubs. The annual cicada has a one year cycle, and they are singing their little hearts out in August when they shed their grub skins and morph into these adults, ready to breed and lay eggs.

Cicadas have a long proboscis that tucks under their chin (so to speak), and which is used to pierce plant stems and veins to suck the sap. They don’t sting or bite, but if you let one stay on your hand for an extended period of time, they may mistakenly attempt to feed and poke you with their proboscis (They are not smart and won’t realize you aren’t a plant.); this can hurt.

Cicadas are considered a valuable food in some parts of the world and are regularly eaten by people.

This picture was taken in Green Lane, PA, on August 18, 2011.

If you’d like to do a bit of reading about these bugs, go to:

http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/a...

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