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 Periodical Cicadas

The loudest insects in the world, the Brood X species of Cicadas

emerged in 2021, after 17 years underground and the males 

serenaded the females with mating choruses that can measure as 

high as 90 decibels, about the same level as a shouted conversation.

After 17 years underground, when it's time to emerge, the

insects crawl up trees and tall plants shedding their nymphal skins.

After mating the females lay eggs in the branches of trees and

woody shrubs. After emerging cicadas live for about four to six weeks.

Once the nymphs hatch in six or seven weeks, they descend and dig

down underground to stay safe from predators and stay alive for the

next 17-year cycle.  

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