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Cicadas
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.7

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     challenging words:    dog-day, drum-like, green-colored, lengthy, temperate, hence, therefore, tropical, comparison, lifespan, opening, species, nymph, settled, wherever, cicada
     content words:    Southeast Asia, United States


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Cicadas   

1     If you live in tropical or temperate areas, you will know summer has come when you hear the loud buzzing sounds made by cicadas.
 
2     Cicadas are medium-sized insects. They may be up to 2.5 inches long. They live in Southeast Asia and the eastern and Midwestern parts of the United States. They usually have brownish black or green-colored stout bodies. They have two pairs of clear wings marked with branching veins. Cicadas have a pair of short antennae. They have a pair of prominent compound eyes on their blunt heads.
 
3     Male cicadas are devoted singers. Yet, they don't sing with their mouths. Instead, they sing with their bellies! Male cicadas have drum-like membranes on each side of their abdomens that can vibrate very quickly to make buzzing sounds. As they play their music, they hope to attract female cicadas. Unfortunately, by announcing their presence so loudly, audible more than a mile away, male cicadas inadvertently attract predators, such as cicada killer wasps, as well.

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