Cicada

Khao SokOne rainforest animal that you will undoubtedly heard, if not seen is the cicada.

That high-pitched, buzz-saw sound which comes and goes, or completely surrounds you, is the love song of a male cicada earnestly trying to attract a mate.

For all of its intensity, this is only a brief, impassioned moment in the sun during this insect’s largely subterranean life cycle.

A Cicada nymph may spend up tp 15 years bellow the forest floor, slowly developing and molting into a wingless form which then crawls its way to the surface through a tunnel.

Upon reaching the surface, the nymph then works its way up the trunk of a nearby tree or sapling locks its feet firmly. To the bark and undergoes yet another metamorphosis.

The back splits open longitudinally and the adult cicada emerges with a double pair of translucent wings. Both male and female are now free to fly and seek out mates.

Cicada sing by contracting their thorax up to 1000 times per second, only male cicadas sing and they do so to for the singular purpose of attracting females.