After the loving, the female cuts a slit in a young twig and deposits eggs. Now the parent Cicadas have fulfilled their life's purpose and die.
When the eggs hatch the nymphs (wingless segmented creatures resembling a grub with sturdy legs and big eyes) fall to the ground and burrow into the dirt. They remain underground sucking on root juices and growing for years, the number of years depends on the species and things like latitude and weather and other mysterious forces that effect bugs.
When the nymph reaches adulthood he emerges from the ground and climbs a tree. The skin on his back splits open, peels back and out comes the adult Cicada.
Some Cicada Facts
- approximately 3,000 species
- adult life span: 1 week
- nymph life span: 1 to 20 years
- adults have 4 wings
- range: throughout the US and southern Canada
- adult size: 1 - 2.5 inches long
To listen to the love songs visit : http://insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/Michigan_Cicadas/Michigan/Index.html
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