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Jan 01, 2005 (Vol. 25, No. 1)

UMMZ Periodical Cicada Page

URL:insects.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/fauna/Michigan_Cicadas/Periodical/Index.html
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I guess we can all breathe a sigh of relief that we've survived another outbreak of periodic cicadas. As noted at this informative site, cicadas, of course, are flying, plant-sucking organisms whose "songs" make them one of the noisiest insects on a summer night. Synchronized groups of these emerge in periodic long life-cycles of 13 and 17 years. This past summer marked the latest emergence of many individuals in the 17-year cycle. At this site, you'll discover interesting facts about these unusual organisms, such as that they apparently avoid having predators partly due to their unusual life cycle.
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