In one of the best-known species, Cicada septemdecim, from North America, the life-cycle is said to extend over seventeen years.
CICADA (Cicadidae), insects of the homopterous division of the Hemiptera, generally of large size, with the femora of the anterior legs toothed below, two pairs of large clear wings, and prominent compound eyes.
Genera: Blatta, Mantis, Gryllus, Fulgora, Cicada, Notonecta, Nepa, Cimex, Aphis, Chermes, Coccus, Thrips.
Particularly obtrusive is the cicada (semi), of which there are many species.
The dragon-fly and the cicada afford ceaseless entertainment to the Japanese boy.