Mating Cicadas

August 03, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It is not often you see mating Cicadas because they mainly mate high in the trees. I considered myself lucky to be able to photograph a pair yesterday here in one of my pear trees. I was able to get close and was able to use my small camera (Fujifilm X100T). I'm not sure why the one is flipped on its back, but it did right itself later on.

I think these I have around here are the Dog-day Cicadas and are a species of annual Cicadas.

Here is a photograph of a Cicada I posted back in July from this same pear tree: Cicada On My Pear Tree

 

Mating Cicadas - 080217-1736Mating Cicadas Here In Arkansas

 

Cicada Facts

  • In some species of cicada, the males remain in one location and call to attract females. Sometimes several males aggregate and call in chorus. In other species, the males move from place to place, usually with quieter calls while searching for females.
  • After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig where she deposits her eggs.
  • When the eggs hatch, the newly hatched nymphs drop to the ground and burrow.
  • Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives at depths down to about 8 feet.
  • Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years. Some species have much longer life cycles, such as the North American genus, Magicicada, which has a number of distinct "broods" that go through either a 17-year or, in some parts of the world, a 13-year life cycle.
  • The long life cycles may have developed as a response to predators, such as the cicada killer wasp and praying mantis.
  • Source: Wikipedia

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