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What do cicada's eat?
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How does the emergence of cicadas at once benefit the environment?
The advantage to the environment is that lots of animals that consume cicadas get a lot to eat. The advantage to the cicadas is that there are a lot of potential mates with corresponding genetic diversity. Some plants may not survive a large infestation of cicadas but those individual plants that survive will contribute genetic material to future generations.