A large homopterous insect with long transparent wings, occurring chiefly in warm countries. The male cicada makes a loud shrill droning noise by vibrating two membranes on its abdomen
An American cicada whose nymphs emerge from the soil in large numbers periodically. The mature nymphs of the northern species (seventeen-year locust) emerge every seventeen years; those of the southern species emerge every thirteen years. A cicada brood can be so abundant that the shrill sound emitted by the males can damage the human ear
A European cicada, Cicadetta montana, which occurs in the New Forest and is the only cicada native to Britain.