Let’s Talk About Parks: Cicadas

JUL 28, 2015

When you think about the sound that most reminds you of summer, the rhythmic, rasping rattle of cicadas probably comes to mind.

The chorus of the cicada can be heard across Pittsburgh’s parks because cicadas produce the loudest insect sound known to science. The call is made by male cicadas, who are trying to find a mate. The song is loud and persistent, perhaps because these singers don’t have a lot of time — adult cicadas live only for about a month (four to six weeks), not a lot of time when you’re trying to find a love connection and nothing when compared to how long they live as nymphs. Read Full Article