Nature / Wildlife

Friendly Cicada

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Cicadas are very interesting insects, and you can see them in large numbers during certain times of the year here at Coronado Historic Site. The images above were taken of a cicada that Manager Scott found near the office. Cicadas are somewhat friendly and will let a human handle them, but they are known to “bite” if left on an arm for a prolonged period of time, not out of defence, but because they think the person is a plant and they are attempting to feed. Cicadas live underground for most of their lives, and they have a very distinct call. There are over 2,500 distinct species and they occur worldwide in vastly different environments. Most eastern countries find these plump creatures a juicy treat.

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