No other insect causes as much curiosity and wonder as periodical cicadas do. Their sudden appearance in late May or early June is dramatic and usually noisy as the males produce a seemingly endless whirring sound. Usually the “chorus” begins shortly after day-break and continues uninterrupted until evening. In areas of heavy emergence, the noise created can be deafening. The insects mate within 1 week and females begin to deposit
their eggs about 7 to 10 days after emergence.
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