Bug of the Week: Cicadas

It must still be summer. Do you know how I can tell?

I am still seeing and hearing cicadas!

I was able to get very close to this one, even though it was still alive.

Really, really close.

Can you see its antennae? What about the shiny simple eyes on the top of its head, called ocelli?

I can also see the tymbals, the organs right under the front of the wings that male cicadas use to produce their singing buzz.

Check out this video to see the male cicada tymbals in action:

Are cicadas still singing where you live?


  1. Heather Newman

    I just wanted to tell you that this post sent my family off on a 30 minute internet search to discover what kind of cicada we’ve been hearing in the yard. (dog day) The video you posted is amazing. Thank you!

  2. Roberta

    Sounds like a fun project. Thanks for sharing šŸ™‚

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