Q: What insect makes a loud, high-pitched, screeching sound? The body is 1.75 inches long; wings are 2.5 inches wide. It looks like a giant fly.
A: I’m sure you’re hearing and seeing a cicada. There are several species but all make a high-pitched rasping sound on hot summer days. Katydids make a similar sound at night. I’ve collected sound files for your listening pleasure in order to tell them apart at Cicada Sounds.
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