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|Raider holding an exuvium, the last |
shed exoskeleton of a cicada larva.
So here's the buzz: Summer is a time of insects—large, loud, loquacious insects. To celebrate the season, Ijams recently hosted a Cicada-A-Raid-A!
We learned about the large green insects of summer in the order Hemiptera and about the five species that call Ijams home: swamp, Robinson's, scissor-grinder, lyric and Linne's cicada. They can be heard at different times of the day from early July to Labor Day buzzing from the treetops.
It's the males that produce the pulsating buzzy songs and although the adjective loquacious suggests a vocalization, the buzz is actually created by rapidly popping the sides of their abdomens in and out, thus creating a clicking sound.
|Four of the five cicada species found at Ijams|
Such fun! A buzzing good time.
- Stephen Lyn Bales