Common Name: Cicada

Order Name: Homoptera

Family Name: Cicadidae

Cicada own the reputation of being the loudest animal in the world. Producing a loud whining sound with two tymbal structure that is greatly amplified with air-filled resonating chambers, the cicada is also a proficient ventriloquist, making it hard to locate the actual source of the noise. The ancient Greek revered this insect and the Chinese made jade cicada amulets. These amulets were placed under the tongue of the deceased to induce resurrection. This symbolism comes from an observance of immature cicada emerging fresh from their molded skins.