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Swamp Cicada (Tibicen chloromera).  Swamp Cicadas are one species of annual cicadas.  Appearing during the summer months, these 3-inch insects have green to brownish bodies with black markings and a whitish bloom.  Their wings are marked with greenish veins.  Adults will live an average of 30 to 40 days but the nymphs will live between 2 to 5 years underground.  Different generations appear each year.  Male cicadas are known to have the loudest mating sounds in the insect world, thanks to two drum-like sound chambers in their abdomens.  They can attract female cicadas as far as a 1/2 mile away.

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