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17 Year Cicada: Cicada Why 17 Years - There exist 6 species of periodical cicadas: with a 17-year cycle (3) and with a 13-year cycle (3). But all those three species of each life-cycle group differ in size, color, and sound. The 17-year-old cicadas tend to locate in the North, while the 13-year-old ones - in the South. Nevertheless, both types may emerge in the same forest.
The adults are one & one-half inches long. They have reddish orange eyes and wing veins. As for the size, 17-year-old cicadas are smaller than the dog-day cicadas, their cousins.
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