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posted Aug 23, 2011, 1:07 PM by K Day
Growing up we didn't have cicadas every year where I lived. However, here in the Chicagoland area it seems as though we have them every year. We've certainly had them the last 3 years. Although it's new to me, it's not new to Taka. He's been growing up with them and this year he has found several shells to study, right here in the back yard. He studies them for a while, gets creeped out, leaves, then comes back to them with renewed awe. These pictures were taken on his garden tote bag. 

Today we went to our copy of The Smithsonian Institutes Animal - The definitive visual guide to the worlds wildlife. It is one of the best books and we love, love, love it! The pictures are amazing and the information isn't too bad either :) Anyway, we learned that cicadas are ARTHROPODS and what an ARTHROPOD is. We also learned that only the males "sing" and that their calls can be heard up to a mile away. No wonder we have trouble sleeping at night when they are singing. We also learned about their "family".
Phylus:    Arthropod
Class:      Insectica
Order:     Hemiptera
Family:    Cicadidae
Species:   There are more than 2,500 species world wide