S is for Seventeen-Year Cicada

seventeen-year-cicada

The most remarkable fact about this insect is that, while so far as we know the other species of Cicada pass but two or three years in attaining the winged, adult state, the present one lives under ground over sixteen years, assuming towards the end of the seventeenth the winged state.

The text is from the book Half Hours with Insects, by A.S. Packard, (1881). Click here to read it online or download it free from the Internet Archive.

artwork by Joanne Stanbridge, 2013