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April 17, 2021

Magicicada wing flicks

Filed under: Audio, Sounds, Songs | Magicicada — Dan @ 7:59 pm

Female Magicicada cicadas do not sing, but they do make a sound by flicking their wings. These percussive wing flicks get the attention of male cicadas and it compels them to sing their court songs in response.

Here’s a video of a female cicada flicking her wings:

A video of a group of female cicadas flicking their wings in a tree:

You can fool male cicadas into thinking a finger snap is a wing flick. Here’s a video of a male cicada calling in response to fake wing flicks:

1 Comment »

  1. Zain Al-Shemmeri says:

    Do annual cicadas do this as well? (Talking about Neotibicen and Megatibicen specifically)

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