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Cicada - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


** Cicada **

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For other uses, see Cicada (disambiguation).


Annual cicada, /Tibicen linnei/
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Calling song of /Magicicada cassini/
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hemiptera
Suborder: Auchenorrhyncha
Infraorder: Cicadomorpha
Superfamily: *Cicadoidea*
Family: *Cicadidae*
Westwood, 1840
See also article text.

*Cicada*s (/sɪˈkɑːdə/ or /sɪˈkeɪdə/),
alternatively spelled as *Cicala*, or *Cicale*, are insects in the order
Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha (which was formerly included in the now
invalid suborder Homoptera). Cicadas are in the superfamily *Cicadoidea*.
Their eyes are prominent, though not especially large, and set wide apart
on the anterior lateral corners of the frons. The wings are well-developed,
with conspicuous veins; in some species the wing membranes are wholly
transparent, whereas in many others the proximal parts of the wings are
clouded or opaque and some have no significantly clear areas on their wings
at all. About 2,500 species of cicada have been described, and many remain
to be described. Cicadas live in temperate-to-tropical climates where they
are among the most-widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their
large size and unique sound. Cicadas are often colloquially called
locusts,^[1] although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are various
species of swarming grasshopper. Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and

Cicadas are benign to humans under normal circumstances and do not bite or
sting in a true sense, but may mistake a person's arm or other part of
their body for a tree or plant limb and attempt to feed.^[2] Cicadas have


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