Cicadas are extremely common in Mississippi and the males’ hypnotic buzzing causes grassy areas to sing like electric wire. The insect makes the sound using membranes on its abdomen known as tymbals. As the interior muscles are tightened and relaxed, the tymbals vibrate, creating a rapid series of clicks. These are amplified by chambers stemming from the trachea. Cicada song can reach a volume of 120 decibels, the equivalent of an airplane takeoff and quite loud enough to damage human hearing should one stand close enough.