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Type: Insect

Effect: Pest

Cicadoidea Family

Location / Where this Creature is found:

In the mountains in Utah.

General information about Cicadas :

Cicada is Latin for "Buzzer"

Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas: the female is prized as it is meatier.
Cicadas are eaten in China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America, and the Congo (and Ancient Greece).
Shells of cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China.

Cicadas like heat and do their most spirited singing during the hotter hours of a summer day.

among the loudest of all insect-produced sounds, 120 dB.

The eggs are laid in cuts in twigs.
17-year life cycle.
These long life cycles both happen to be prime numbers, perhaps developed as a response to predators such as the cicada killer wasp and praying mantis.

A predator with a shorter life cycle of at least 2 years could not reliably prey upon the cicadas.

The cicada lives about 8 feet underground for most of it's life. Feeding on roots. Then when the are ready to mature into adulthood, they dig out of the ground, climb up a bush, shed their nymphal skins and fly off into the sunset. They usually leave a perfectly intact shell holding the twig.

The cicada's survival strategy is in numbers. They all come at once so that any predator intent on surviving off of them, would have to starve most of the year, and then be able to gorge themselves enough for the whole year, in just a few days. Not likely. This is called "Predator Satiation".

This pest causes problems by:

How to get rid of it:

Cicadas - Pests
Cicadas - Pests - July 20, 2009

Cicadas - Pests
Cicadas - Pests - July 20, 2009

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