Archive for the ‘Cicada Cigarra Chicharra of El Salvador’ Tag

The Day the Music Died   2 comments

It occurred to me a couple days ago, when I was suddenly aware of dead silence.  Ah, that’s what it is, I thought – the Cicadas have stopped singing.  Initially only morning and later afternoon, but as time went on they sang all day long, deafening at times.

They sing throughout El Salvador for about 6 weeks, wane out, and if any are left by rainy season, the soggy stamps them out.

A peculiar experience during Cicada season happens when you drive past an area where many are singing.  Something to do with the speed or movement of the car alters their sound so from inside the car it sounds like airplanes landing.

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