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This summer's hottest North American bug is without question, the cicada. They've got everything: neon-colored wing veins, bendy-straw-style exoskeletons, an insatiable thirst for tree goo, and after 17 years of napping, they're bursting out of the ground ready to par-tay!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly newsletter! A big thank you to Patreon subscriber Garth Riley for helping to make the show possible!And go to to buy some great Tangents merch!Follow us on Twitter @SciShowTangents, where we’ll tweet out topics for upcoming episodes and you can ask the science couch questions! While you're at it, check out the Tangents crew on Twitter: Ceri: @ceriley Sam: @im_sam_schultz Hank: @hankgreen[This or That: Cicadas or the Beatles] to measure song changes over time signals in fiber optic cables flies responding to songs’s Law principle related to drug development[Trivia Question]Bird hunting caterpillars on emergence and non-emergence years[Fact Off]Brown bears digging up cicada nymphs in Japanese human-planted forests pee in a very mammal-like stream[Ask the Science Couch]Cicada sound production using the tymbal, stridulation, or wing impacts bonus: Periodical cicadas emerge after 13 or 17 (prime numbers) years[Butt One More Thing]Cicada nymph anal liquid is adhesive and mucus-like
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