One sound that characterizes American summers is the cicada chorus. The insects’ long, drawn out serenades can be loud and ethereal, reminiscent of some cross between the sounds of rustling and scraping. Half a world away, Borneo’s cicadas belt out very different melodies. Although some sound fairly familiar, one available at this German site is almost characteristic of the screeching soundtrack typical of a grade-B science fiction movie, just as the alien is arriving. A link will transport visitors to another site with dozens of Japanese cicada tunes.

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