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Pick a cicada call to enhance your summer day

We have a small selection for you to choose from now, with more coming soon!

A standard cicada chorus from Japan.

If you're an anime fan, you'll probably recognize this creaking cicada call immediately. This clip is a great choice for that hot summer night feel.

You might recognize this call if you live in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, or Texas.

Apparently, their song is said to resemble the sound made when grinding scissors. Scissor Grinder cicadas belong to the genus Neotibicen.

Magicicada septendecim is also called the Pharaoh cicada because one of its calls sounds similar to the word 'Pharaoh'. Native to Canada and the United States, it has a 17-year life cycle.

This cicada sound is very common in Ontario, Canada. It has a drawn-out high-pitched creak.

So, what's a cicada?

From wikipedia: the Cicadoidea, cicadas (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/), are a superfamily of insects in the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (formerly part of the obsolete "Homoptera"), along with smaller jumping bugs such as leafhoppers and froghoppers. About 2,500 species of cicada have been described; there remain many undescribed species.

A picture of a breed of cicada, tibicen linnei Photographed by Bruce Marlin

Cicadas have prominent eyes set wide apart, short antennae, and membranous front wings. They have an exceptionally loud song, produced not by stridulation but by vibrating drumlike tymbals rapidly. The earliest fossil Cicadomorpha appeared in the Upper Permian period; extant species occur all around the world in temperate to tropical climates. They typically live in trees, feeding on sap, and laying their eggs in a slit in the bark. Most cicadas are cryptic, singing at night to avoid predators. The periodic cicadas spend most of their lives as underground nymphs, only emerging after 13 or 17 years, most likely to reduce losses by satiating their predators.

Cicadas have featured in literature since the time of Homer's Iliad, and as motifs in art from the Chinese Shang dynasty. They have been used in myths and folklore to represent carefree living and immortality. Cicadas are eaten in various countries, including China where the nymphs are served deep-fried in Shandong cuisine.

The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada, meaning "tree cricket". American English of central Appalachia retains the name "jarfly".[1] In ancient Greek, it was called a tettix, and in modern Greek tzitzikas—both names being onomatopoeic.

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Adult cicada emerging from nymph skin Adult cicada emerging from its nymph skin. Photographed by Jim DeWitt