Mini Beasts
Singing Cicada
Listen out for our singing cicada on Level 1 outside Rozzi's, and gently touch its wings for a rousing encore.
Published 31 December

Some cicadas sing to scare birds away - and to not be eaten by them. Male cicadas also sing to attract female cicadas. Listen out for our singing cicada near Rozzi's on Level 1, and gently touch its wings for a rousing encore.

Did you know?

Cicadas have a fascinating lifecycle but most of us only become aware of these insects when they reach adulthood. This can be either because of the final ‘shed’ that occurs when the Cicada reaches maturity or from their loud, drone-like call throughout the summer months.

Cicada eggs are typically laid in scratched in tree bark. When the eggs hatch, the larvae drop to the ground and burrow themselves into a cosy new home in the soil where they attach themselves to tree roots and feed of the sap until they are big and strong. This stage is called the nymph stage. Some Cicada species stay in this underground home for several months, for others such as the Magicicada it can take thirteen years!

Once the nymphs reach maturity, they begin to emerge from the soil as a group and climb a vertical surface. They she their final skin before becoming the iconic adult Cicada’s (complete with their characteristic heavily veined transparent wings) as depicted in our illuminated sculpture.

A few days after their emergence, male Cicadas begin their love song to attract a mate, and the cycle begins again.


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