|Copyright: Raimundo Mesquita (mesquens)
|Date Taken: 2007-12-31|
|Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC LZ7|
|Exposure: f/2.8, 1/30 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-01-17 1:27|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Portuguese]|
|A cicada is an insect of the order Hemiptera, suborder Auchenorrhyncha, in the superfamily Cicadoidea, with large eyes wide apart on the head and usually transparent, well-veined wings. There are about 2,500 species of cicada around the globe, and many remain unclassified. Cicadas live in temperate to tropical climates where they are among the most widely recognized of all insects, mainly due to their large size and remarkable acoustic talents. Cicadas are sometimes colloquially called "locusts", although they are unrelated to true locusts, which are a kind of grasshopper. They are also known as "jar flies". Cicadas are related to leafhoppers and spittlebugs. In parts of the southern Appalachian Mountains in the United States they are known as "dry flies" because of the dry shell they leave behind.|
Cicadas do not bite or sting, are benign to humans, and are not considered a pest. Many people around the world regularly eat cicadas: the female is prized as it is meatier. Cicadas have been (or are still) eaten in Ancient Greece, China, Malaysia, Burma, Latin America and the Congo. Cicadas are employed in the traditional medicines of China
The name is a direct derivation of the Latin cicada.
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