The Cicada has drum like organs inside its hollow abdomen which amplify the sound of its mating call. It is a jumping insect like a Grasshopper and has wide deep-set eyes and short antennae. They live in trees, drink sap, and are found in the hotter climates of the world, usually in rainforests. The loudest mean volume ever recorded in the animal kingdom was by an African Cicada and was measured at 106.7 decibels. It should be noted that a North American Cicada was measured at 108.9 decibels, although its mean volume was slightly lower than it’s African counter-part.
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