The Sound of Cicadas

Around this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere, the arrival of those loud insects start to emerge. Some people totally tune their sound out. Some find it quite annoying. And then there are people like myself, who find the sound of cicadas beautiful, soothing, and intriguing.

cicada

The life of a cicada begins when the mother deposits her eggs into the grooves of a tree limb. The groove provides shelter and exposes the tree fluids in which they feed on. These grooves can kill small branches through a process called “flagging.” This is sometimes beneficial for the tree, as its nature’s way of pruning. There’s a symbiotic relationship between the cicada and the tree.

cicadas tree

Cicadas have proboscises under their heads which they use to suck fluids called “xylem” from plants and trees. This is how they eat and drink.

cicada life cycle

“After the long 2 to 17 years, cicadas emerge from the ground as nymphs. Nymphs climb the nearest available tree, and begin to shed their nymph exoskeleton. Free of their old skin, their wings will inflate with fluid and their new skin can harden. Once their new wings and body are ready, they can begin their brief adult life.                                                                                           Adult cicadas, also called imagoes, spend their time in trees looking for a mate. Males sing, females respond, mating begins, and the cycle of life begins again.” Source

Cicadas emerge during the “Dog Days of Summer” (late July-August) and are referred to as dog-day cicadas. Read my previous post about the ‘Dog Days’ here.

cicada male and female

The best-known North American genus is called the Magicicada.

From Wikipedia:

“Magicicada spp. spend most of their 13– and 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge at any given locality, SYNChronously and in tremendous numbers.”

cicada keep calm

This made me lol! I disagree and find their sound very soothing! … So turn up The Sound of CICADAS please!

The numbers 13 and 17 lead back to Pi/π/3.14, because M=13, N=14, P is for Pi, and Q=17. Letters MQ (1317) symbolize Pi, because those letters fall in the middle of the alphabet. 17 (Q) is Jupiter’s number 24 ( ) rotated counter-clockwise and flipped upside down. Also, adding 3 +14 = 17. Finally, the letter Q represents Pi because it is a complete circle. This is all symbolic of the life span of the 13 and 17 year cicadas, known as the Magicicada.

17

Photo credit via g8ors.blogspot.com.

There is a type of cicada in India called “Chremistica” that emerges in SYNC with the World Cup (known as the “World Cup cicada”). This SYNCs back to the World Cup score of 1:7 between Brazil and Germany, and the 17 year life cycle of the Magicicada. I wrote about it in my previous post here

Chremistica Tagalica

The Chremistica is a genus of cicadas from Southeast Asia and Madagascar.

Cicadas are used in alternative medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The SKINS (SYNCS) have been used to treat diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The molted skins of the insect are boiled into teas with other herbs to either drink or apply to the affected area. They are also found in supplements.

Chinese Herbs Cicada

Cicadas are improperly referred to as LOCUSTs. This SYNCS in with the many streets here (where I reside) named after the insect, LOCUST. I used to do Zumba at a gym on LOCUST Avenue. I also babysit a little girl who lives on LOCUST Road. Both streets are located in completely different towns.

tymbal cicada

Male cicadas are the ones responsible for the stridulation or sound we hear every summer. They have a noisemaker called a tymbal below each side of the anterior abdominal region. Although only males produce the cicadas’ distinctive sound, both sexes have tympana, which are membranous structures by which they detect sounds.

cymbal

The cicadas’ TYMBAL rhymes with CYMBAL, a common percussion instrument. The cicadas’ TYMBAL is its percussion instrument in nature.

Speaking of sound, CICADA, an EDM (Electronic Dance Music) group/band have a song titled “CICADAS.” I always thought it would be an excellent idea for a dj/producer to dub the sounds of nature into their composition, especially The Sound of CICADAS. While writing this post, I stumbled upon the Cicada song below.

Then we have Jon SECADA, a singer and songwriter, whose last name SOUNDs like CICADA.

Jon Secada

I have often thought of creating really funny memes. For example, having Jon Secada’s face on a cicada’s body, and labeling it “Jon Cicada.” Also, a toilet (a “John”) with a cicada sitting on it. This meme would of course read, “JOHN/(JON) Cicada.” Both Secadas/cicadas may be holding a microphone with musical notes coming out of it. Trust me, I won’t quit my day job or my blogging. 😉

If one stays in tune with nature, then one will experience the unique sound of the cicada, its life cycle and its symbiosis with nature. Are you one who tunes into the sound of the cicada or one who tunes it out? Hopefully after reading this post, you’ll tune into one of the most soothing sounds that nature can offer. 🙂

Everything IS connected!

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One thought on “The Sound of Cicadas

  1. tymbal….reminded me of timbale or timbales…which is symbol/s in Spanish. Great connection as well as everything else. Always enjoy the humor as well! Awesome job!

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