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*June 28, 2008*

-Do cicadas bite or sting?-

Filed under: Cicada Anatomy — by Dan Mozgai @ 12:03 pm

*If you believe you’ve been bitten and you’re concerned, the best thing
to do is to consult a doctor, not this webpage. :)*

Technically cicadas don’t bite or sting; they do however pierce and suck.
They might try to pierce and suck you, but don’t worry, they aren’t
Vampires nor are they malicious or angry — they’re just ignorant and
think you’re a tree. Just remove the cicada from your person, and go
about your business. Cicadas also have pointy feet, egg-laying parts
(ovipositors) and other sharp parts that might feel like a bite.

Cicadas don’t have jaws (mandibles) like a wasp, mantis or ant, built to
tear and chew flesh. Cicadas don’t have stingers, like bees and wasps,
meant to deploy venom and paralyze or otherwise harm their victim. See a
video of a Japanese hornet to see what I mean.

Cicadas obtain sustenance by drinking tree fluids, which are relatively
watery compared to human blood. Drinking human blood would probably kill a

Caution: Don’t hold cicadas in a closed fist — you can hurt the
cicadas, and they might try


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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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