Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

Nature inspires awe!

Cicadidae (Cicadas)

In the insect world, their songs are considered the noisiest. Only the males of this family sing and it’s for the purpose of attracting a mate. Once that is complete, the female oviposits the eggs into a tree twig. When the nymphs hatch, they fall to the ground, burrowing into the soil in search of the tree roots. There they suck xylem sap for a number of years. When it’s time to become an adult, they crawl up the tree trunk and molt.