The Cicada Many Things To Many People — страница 3

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“Tsh-ee-EEEE-e-ou!” Motorists driving through a town populated with lovesick cicadas may stop their cars and open the hood to find out what is wrong with the engine. People who sleep during the day-the time when cicadas sing-often have to resort to earplugs. Finally, most people realize that there is no remedy other than to put up with this sound for five or six weeks. After all, it only occurs in a particular area once every seventeen years. All in all, the cicada is a creature little understood by most humans. Throughout the centuries it has been misnamed or mistakenly feared. Legend has attributed terrible powers to it. The cicada has been called everything from a plague to an omen of war to a backyard nuisance. Perhaps, in years to come, as scientists discover more about

this infrequent visitor, it will lose some of its mystery. Only then, in the human mind, will it join the familiar ranks of such warm-weather insects as the mosquito and the butterfly. Bibliography Brody, Jane E. “After 17 Years, Cicadas Prepare for Their Roaring Return.” The New York Times, May 12, 1985, pp. C1, C3. “Cicadas.” The Encyclopaedia Britannica, vol. 3, 1980 ed. Farb, Peter, and the Editors of Time-Life Books. The Insects. New York, New York: Time-Life Books, Inc., 1970. “The Living World.” The Guiness Book of World Records. New York, New York: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 1987. Maffei, Richard. Insects in Your Garden. New York, New York: Dalton, 1984.