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Cicadas have prominent eyes set wide apart, short antennae, and membranous front wings. They have an exceptionally loud song, produced not by stridulation, but by vibrating drumlike tymbals rapidly.
typically live in trees, feeding on sap, and laying their eggs in a slit in the bark. extant species occur all around the world in temperate to tropical climates.
Most cicadas are cryptic, singing at night to avoid predators.