Cicada Septendecim

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Also known as the Seventeen-Year Locust, derives its specific name from the fact that it makes its appearance in certain districts at stated intervals of seventeen years in immense numbers, when the millions of them, swarming on the forest and fruit trees, almost deafen the observer with their trilling calls to the female, and form an abundant feast to the swine, fowls, and wild animals on the land, and if near a river or lake, to the fishes in the water.


Report of the Commissioner of Agriculture of the Operations of the Department for the Year 1876 (Washington: Goverment Printing Office. 1877) 25


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