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Alexis Proudman: Week 6 Recap

This week, I had the opportunity to record the sounds of distressed cicadas, aka their screams. If you've ever played Lego Star Wars and know the R2-D2 death noise, you know what they sound like. To scream, they use this rib cage thing on the side of their body that vibrates and creates noise, which is very cool to watch. The process of recording cicadas involves holding a microphone up to a restrained cicada as it screams for its life. It's really quite amusing.

We also finished our last cicada survey on Thursday, which is very exciting. No more sticking my face near stinging nettle to try and count cicada husks. Other than the thorns, stinging nettle, and mosquitos, I’m going to miss being out in the field.

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