The Life of Animals | Cicada | The adult insect, known as imago is generally from 2 to 5 cm (1-2 inches) long, although some tropical species can reach 15 cm (6 inches), for example, Imperata Pomponia Malaysia. Cicadas have prominent eyes separated on the sides of the head, short antennae protruding between or in front of the eyes, and membranous front wings. Cicada nymphs suck xylem sap of several species of trees, including oak, cypress, willow, ash and maple. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years. A predator with a shorter life cycle of at least two years with cicadas reliability of assault In Greek mythology, Tithonus eventually turns into a cicada after obtaining immortality but not eternal youth, by Zeus.
The cicada has represented insouciance from classical antiquity. Jean de La Fontaine began his collection of fables Les Fables de La Fontaine with the story La Cigale and the Ant (The Cicada and the Ant) based on one of Aesop's fables: in it the cicada spends the summer singing, the ant stores away, and went without food when the weather turns sour. In Japan, the cicada is associated with the summer season. The songs of the cicadas are often used in movies and television for the Japanese scene takes place in the summer.
Since the cicada emerges from the ground to sing every summer in Japan is considered a symbol of reincarnation is particularly important that the cicada silence, leaving an empty shell. But, since the cicada only lives for a short period of time long enough to attract a mate with its song and complete the fertilization process, are considered a symbol of transience. In the Japanese novel The Tale of Genji, the main character of his poetry equals a love interest of a cicada by how smoothly flowing scarf like a cicada shell lost when you move. A shell of the cicada also plays a role in winter cicada manga.
In the classic Chinese novel Three Kingdoms Diaochan also got its name from the black-tailed decoration and shaped jade cicada (Chan), which at the time adorned the hats of high officials. Month Javanese version called Pranata cycle cicadas mangsa used as an indicator of the onset of the dry season (April-May). On the Run From now, cicadas play an important role in the books. romanticizes the insect as a creature that sings until it dies. In Tuscany, the Italian word for the cicada (Cicada) is a euphemism for "vagina", used by children (the usage is equivalent to "Fanny" in English / Australian English). In 2004, "cicada" ranked 6th in Merriam-Webster word of the year.