Apache Cicadas are insects with chunky bodies that grow to
long, with large, transparent, veined wings that fold over their backs and
wide-set bulging eyes. Cicadas spend the bulk of their lives living in
underground burrows, emerging in overlapping three to five year cycles in May
to late June as nymphs. The nymphs climb up walls or trees and emerge as
adults, leaving the cask skins of the nymphs clinging to the base of the walls
or tree trunks.
Cicadas are the only bug on the planet that sweats, allowing
them to survive the hottest of summer days.
Male cicadas have loud noisemakers called "timbals" on the sides
of their abdomens. They fill the air with a cacophony of vibrating ribbed
plates through August in order to attract females. The mating sound can be
heard as far as 440 yards. Though large and somewhat ugly, cicadas do not bite
and are not considered pests.