cicadasThe magicicada cassini, or seventeen-year cicada, begins its immensely long (for an insect, that is) lifespan with an adult female, recently mated. Adult cicadas are, as far as insects go, utterly harmless. They do not bite, or sting, or cause undue threat to vegetation. They are not venomous, and there has been absolutely no evidence of them transmitting any sort of disease. A single adult is an imago; multiples are called imagines, and they are about average sized for insects.Adult females will cut v-shaped slits in the bark of young twigs and lay their eggs. After several weeks, the eggs hatch, and the young-- called nymphs-- fall to the ground. Their survival technique against all the numerous predators that enjoy eating them is a technique referred to as 'predator saturation'; there are simply too many nymphs for the beasts of the forest to possibly manage to eat enough to put a substantial dent in t
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