If you're anywhere near a cicada emergence, here's an opportunity to learn more about this unusual phenomenon that still has nature
experts puzzled over the exact how and why.
Put simply, it is a truly fascinating cycle of death and rebirth and a perfectly-timed spectacle of song and dance which in some species happens every 13 years, while in others it may occur every 17 years.
While the science of cicadas continues to cause wonder and excitement, ask any homeowner and you'll quickly find cicadas are best known for driving the whole neighborhood to distraction with the weeks-long roar of their "love calls."
The birth & short life of a cicada
Why do cicadas "sing"?
A popular theory holds that the roar in your backyard is a result of romantic overtures by male cicadas to attract a mate.
However, another theory points to the cicada's strong survival skills.
Their songs are not only irritating to humans, but also to bug-loving birds, who are often repelled by the sheer racket of a cicada emergence.
So, is it a "love call" - or an attempt to avoid being eaten by birds?