is a Cicada?
Cicada insects are widespread in tropical to temperate
regions. In the United States cicadas are most
abundant in the East and the Midwest. Various
cicada species are also known also as locusts
or harvest flies, but they are neither true locusts
nor flies and are related to aphids and treehoppers
in the Order Homoptera. Periodical cicadas, in
the family Cicadidae, have life cycles that are
13 or 17 years
long, locally known in the United States as 13-year
or 17-year locusts. They are responsible for garden
and crop losses across the globe. Cicadas, also
known as locusts, are a uniquely loud winged species.
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is the Loudest Insect?
The loudest insects are male cicadas in the Homoptera
Order. This locust can be heard about a quarter
of a mile away, same as four football field lengths.
The African Cicada clocks at 107 decibels and
is almost as loud as a road drill. Crickets are
also very noisy insects that make chirping sounds
to attract mates. The males produce the sound
by rubbing their forewings against each other.
The resulting chirping sound gets picked up by
a female's ears, located on her front legs. Chirp
sounds are different for each species enabling
individual species to find each other. Our Cicadas
and Locusts are much quieter mounted in a frame
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is the Most Destructive Insect?
Desert Locust (Schistocerca gregaria). (Förskal)
have been recognized as a threat to agricultural
production in Africa and western Asia for thousands
of years. The relatives of grasshoppers are in
fact a severe threat to people who life in desert
regions. A single swarm of locusts can be composed
of billions of locusts, with up to 80 million
per square kilometer spread out over 1,000 square
kilometers. There are 2 types of desert locusts:
swarming locusts and solitary locusts. True Locusts
belong to the order Orthoptera, made up of large
Q: What is the Most Common Household Insect
A: In a house its ants, for apartments its cockroaches.