Jim Gilbert's nature notes: Buzzing cicadas

  • by: Jim Gilbert Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 2, 2013 - 1:17 AM

In the Twin Cities area the first annual cicada was heard calling on July 6 this year; last year it was on June 15. Annual cicadas are common insects, more often heard than seen. The males sing loudly from up in the trees, with a sharp high-pitched sound. Their pulsating buzzing intensifies with warmth. Some uninformed people attribute this persistent sensation to utility wires vibrating in the heat.

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