- Their wings kill some bacteria on contact with a layer of very tiny spikes and a chemical coating.
- There is a fungus that infects them that turns them into zombies.
- There are over 3,000 different species!
Welcome to the Cicada Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about one of the insects with the longest lifespan! These insects are known for their buzzing and clicking noises that sound like a chorus of songs, as well as their cyclical lifespans.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Cicadas if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you simply want to learn more about these musical insects!
Types Of Cicadas
This insect belongs to the order Hemiptera and is in the superfamily of Cicadoideam that is split into two families – the Cicadidae, which has over 3,000 species found throughout the world, and the Tettigarctidae, which has two species and can be found in Australia. A few of these Cicadidae species are:
- Little Mesquite Cicada (Pacarina Puella)
- Northern Dusk-Singing Cicada (Megatibicen auletes)
- Empress Cicada (Megapomponia Imperatoria) – one of the largest species is found in Malaysia
- Large Brown Cicada (Graptopsaltria nigrofuscata)
- Giant Cicada (Quesada gigas)
- Beameria venosa
Cicadas are known for the chorus of song that they make when they emerge from the ground. There are two different types of this insect – annual, which usually appear each year and have a longer lifespan and periodical, which appear most years in different brood cycles, some of which are 13 years, some of which are 17 years and have a shorter lifespan. They also have a few known ’ememies’ like the digger wasp (Sphecius speciosus), known as the cicada killer, and the parasitic fungus Massospora cicadina that eats their internal organs and turns them into ‘zombies‘. Here are more interesting facts:
- Male cicadas sing together in choruses by vibrating their tymbals, an organ found in their abdomen.
- They spend most of their lives underground as nymphs.
- Cicadas are not locusts, which are a type of short-horned grasshopper.
- The periodical species have one of the longest lifespans of any insect.