The Cicada makes a sound that is MUSIC to my ears.
The Cicada is a fascinating insect. This insect is very often confused with the Locust; they are not in the same insect family at all. The Cicada makes a deafening sound; the sound is not made by it’s wings nor legs but instead by an exoskeleton membrane expansion and release. The male Cicada is much louder than the females; the males have a hollow abdomen; the sound resonates.
The female Cicada places a slice into a tree branch where she will place well over a hundred eggs; those eggs will hatch into nymphs and drop to the ground; burrow and hibernate for 3 to 5 years. In North America, the hibernation period is 13 to 17 years; bringing their survival rate up quite a bit.
The Cicada does not bite; it brings a sound that some describe as heavenly. This sound is emitted by both female and male; the sound is mainly their mating song and what I find most interesting about the Cicada song is that they sing in unison from all surrounding areas.
The song of the Cicada insect sounds like a rattle; builds in intensity and then quiets slowly. The song is peaceful and soothing; some find the song to be an annoyance. I look forward to this sound and the comfort the song brings me on the hottest of summer days.
This video is of a Cicada Molting; very awesome clip