Periodical Cicada and Prey

Periodical Cicada and Prey


Using what you’ve learned about periodical cicadas and prey defense strategies in this lesson, answer these questions.

What does the cicada eat for most of its life?



About how long does the periodical cicada spend as an adult?



How long do periodical cicadas live underground?



Why does the periodical cicada emerge from the ground?



Which is more vulnerable to prey, an adult cicada or an underground nymph? Why?



The emergence of the periodical cicada in such large numbers is an example of which defense strategy? How does it help the periodical cicada?



What is another defense strategy described in this lesson? How does it work?



Where does the female cicada lay its eggs?



What happens to the eggs?



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