The Cicada‘s claim to fame is its singing. The high-pitched song is actually a mating call belted out by males. Each species has its own distinctive song that only attracts females of its own kind. This allows several different species to co-exist.
Cicadas are the only insects capable of producing such a unique and loud sound. Some larger species can produce a call in excess of 120 decibels at close range. This is approaching the pain threshold of the human ear!
They are so freaking loud at this time of the year.
Every night they pipe up just outside my window, and around 5 am they come back again. They chime in the middle of the afternoon for no apparent reason.
I’ve been told that when they vibrate so hard to attract a mate, the males can physically explode.
I don’t really care.
They are magnificent creatures, that look like they could be from prehistory.
But they need to get it on and get on with it.