The whirring electrical sounds hovering above our heads are a sign of the season: the dog days of summer. If you’ve seen an exoskeleton that one of these sound-producing insects has left on a tree trunk, you might think you’ve seen an alien creature with malevolent intent. That’s not quite it, though.
Cicadas might become a buzzing nuisance if you’re outside too long, but their song and life cycle made them an important symbol to ancient civilizations across the world.
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