What’s the buzz?

July 2, 2014

At the end of June you may hear a new sound in the trees–a long loud buzz, much too long and loud to be coming from a hummingbird.

It most likely is a cicada, an large insect that makes this quintessential summer sound with specialized organs on the sides of its body.

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If you keep an eye out, you may find a very ornate discarded cicada shell, since they go through different versions as they grow, and no longer fit in their old shells.

Cicadas are found all over the world. The one pictured is from northern North America.