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Listening to the cicadas in the evenings at PGCG is heavenly...
Hot summer nights are often filled with the familiar screeching of cicadas. According to
NC State entomologist James Baker, at least 13 species of annual cicadas occur in North
Carolina. Often called "dogday" cicadas, the males sing high in trees with long loud
songs composed of buzzes and clicks from mid to late summer and are distinct for
each species. Unlike the periodical cicadas, which we see every 10-17 years, the annual
cicadas are large, green and have dark eyes.
Cicada females jab their eggs into soft thin tree branches which may dry and fall off. Nymphs hatch six or seven weeks later, falling to the soil, burrowing in and spending from two up to 10 years feeding on the roots of various plants.
Sometime during each summer, some nymphs dig out and cling to the bark of trees while they molt into the adult stage.
"The papery skins of the nymphs are left behind for children to gather up in and bring inside where they are eventually discarded by mothers that have no appreciation for cicada skins."