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While we are waiting for spring to get warmer, the cicadas are waiting for a hot summer night for 3 to as many as 17 years for some species.  On that specific night the cicadas nymphs will emerge from the ground, climb up a tree where they will molt, acquire a pair of wings, sing and find a partner.  After mating, the female cicadas will lay hundred of eggs, when they hatch, the young nymphs will dropped into the soil, live for years until that one hot summer night.

The Chinese believe that cicada is a symbol of immortality, the exuvia from molting drops to the ground and one night in summer they emerges again singing.

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