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Cicada Sounds

Cicada Tymbals

Photo: © Gerry Bishop 

Male Cicada: 

Male cicadas use a pair of ridged membranes called "tymbals" to make noises. And we do mean NOISES—these guys are LOUD!  
 
Chorus (MP3) 
 
Courting Song (MP3) 
 
Courting Song 2(MP3) 
 
Courting Song 3 (MP3)

 

Cicada sound files courtesy of University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Thank you!

Your computer will need a media player—like QuickTime, Real Player, or Windows Media Player—to play MP3 sound files.

For more about cicadas, check out this Web page, and take a cicada quiz here.

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