One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Again we seem to be peering at nature from interesting angles.

Mystery #129

Give me your guesses for what this is!

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We had several correct guesses on today’s mystery…and they each called the cicada by a different name.

Dog Day Afternoon Harvest Fly Cicada

This cicada goes by both Dog Day Cicada and Harvestfly Cicada. And sometimes ‘the annual cicada’ because it does appear every year in deciduous forests across eastern North America.

We squirrels are very aware of them because of their songs, which are made by vibrating membranes in their abdomens. The adults don’t feed on anything, but the nymphs do suck the juices–the sap–from roots of pine and oak trees.

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