What’s the buzz

Ever wonder what that loud buzzing is you hear outdoors every few years? It could be a power box but more than likely it is cicadas.

“Diceroprocta apachethe Apache cicada has a life span of two or three years and there’s a small brood. Cicadas live all of their lives underground, except for a two-month adulthood.” “Cicadas emerge in overlapping three to five year cycles in May to late June as nymphs. The nymphs climb up walls or trees and emerge as adults, leaving the cask skins of the nymphs clinging to the base of the walls or tree trunks.” “Apache cicadas are native to the Las Vegas Valley and much of the Southwest. Originally, they were confined to the springs and the washes, but as we made our homes here, we made more homes for cicadas.”

” The male cicadas have loud noisemakers called ‘timbals’ on the sides of their abdomens. They fill the air with a cacophony of sound, vibrating ribbed plates in order to attract females.” “Almost the entire cicada’s body acts as an amplifier.” “The mating sound can be heard as far as 440 yards.” Furthermore both female and male “Cicadas are the only bug on the planet that sweats.” “Desert cicadas extract water from their blood and transport it through large ducts to the surface of the thorax, where it evaporates. The cooling that results permits desert cicada species to be active when temperatures are so high that their enemies such as birds, lizards, small mammals and cicada killer wasps are incapacitated by the heat. No other insects have been shown to have the ducts required for sweating that facilitates evaporative cooling.”

 
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Apache Cicada