Cicada Fun Facts!

Cicada Fun Facts!

We hope you all enjoyed our week of Spider Spotter activities! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments about those activities.

We are now going to transition into our next week full of cicada activities! Below are some interesting facts about cicadas. Are there any other cicada facts that you would like to share with our team? Message us to let us know! Check back Wednesday for our Cicada Safari activities.

  1. Annual cicadas have black eyes, while the periodical bugs have red eyes.
  2. Cicadas only emerge after the soil temperature exceeds 64 degrees Celsius.
  3. Cicadas do not sting or bite, and do not carry diseases.
  4. Only male cicadas sing.
  5. Periodical cicadas are often incorrectly called locusts.
  6. There are annual cicadas that emerge each year and there are periodical cicadas that all emerge at the same time – spaced out 13 or 17 years.
  7. In 2020, many of the 17-year cicadas are emerging four years earlier than anticipated!
  8. Proto-periodical cicadas might emerge every year, but every so many years they emerge in heavy numbers.
  9. There are over 190 varieties of cicadas in North America.
  10. Cicada eggs are rice shaped.
  11. Cicadas also make sound by flicking their wings.
  12. Cicadas often think that the sound made by a power tool or lawn mower is made by another cicada.
  13. Cicadas have five eyes.
  14. Animals and people eat cicadas.
  15. Cicadas eat tree fluid.

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