So here are two who are making the season beautiful, fattening, and musical here now.
Fallen cicadas, dead and dying, are banquets to ants, but ants don't reach all the dead before a person can pick them up. Here are some of this year's finds.
Cicadas with deformed or incomplete wings are surprisingly common.
See the Australian Museum's Cicada site for life stories of cicadas.
Learn how many eyes a cicada has, and how they work in Jim Conrad's Backyard Nature: Insect Design.
And who's the world-record holder for sound? Find out in ABC Science's The Summer of Singing Cicadas.
Many people on the east coast of Australia have grown up collecting the colourful cicadas known as Green Grocers, Yellow Mondays, Chocolate Soldiers, Blue Moons and Masked Devils. But how many people realise that these are all different colour forms of the same species, Cyclochila australasiae?
– Max Moulds, Australian Cicadas, New South Wales University Press, 1990