Stout body; short, tapered abdomen; veined wings; flat head; short antennae; two compound eyes wide apart.
Males produce the loudest mating songs of all insects. Females lay eggs in tree bark. Hatched nymphs drop to the ground and burrow to feed on roots. Nymphs appear in summer, shed their skin to emerge as adults, mate, and then die. Some cicada species have a long nymphal stage of up to 17 years, preventing predators from adapting to their life cycles.
Adults feed on plant sap and young shoots. Larvae feed on roots.
Warm regions with acacia trees in western Jordan.