(those two articles should be merged)
QUOTES FROM IRC CHAN:
<lit_envoy> and this "Cicada"
<lit_envoy> why this bug?
<fasd> If memory serves cicadas only come out every 7 years or some other prime number
<scrounger> From wikipedia: "In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge."
<Daffodilianv> Oh jesus
<scrounger> You mean to tell me that NOBODY who was "researching" this poem has fucking read the wikipediat entry?!
<scrounger> " They then molt (shed their skins) on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults."
<scrounger> source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada#Life_cycle
<Daomos> a lot of ancient beliefs about them
<scrounger> "The cicada is an ancient polyvalent symbol: resounding themes are resurrection, immortality, spiritual realization and spiritual ecstasy. "
<Daffodilianv> In China, the phrase 'to shed off the golden cicada skin'(????, pinyin: Jin Chán tuoké) is the poetic name of the tactic of using deception to escape danger, specifically of using decoys
<Daffodilianv> Golden cicada skin/golden mean/phi
<Lurker69> Safe periods for the emergence of cicada species on prime number cycles",
<scrounger> Hey, this is weird, and relates to the prime numbers again: "Magicicada is the genus of the 13-year and 17-year periodical cicadas of eastern North America. " https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Periodical_cicada
SOCRATES MYTH OF THE CICADAS
"Cicadas chirp and watch to see whether their music lulls humans to laziness or whether the humans can resist their sweet song. Cicadas were originally humans who, in ancient times, allowed the first Muses to enchant them into singing and dancing so long that they stopped eating and sleeping and actually died without noticing it. The Muses rewarded them with the gift of never needing food or sleep, but to sing from birth to death. The task of the Cicadas is to watch humans to report who honors the Muses and who does not." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicada_(mythology)
A FEW LINKS
This episode has some extra information about cicada's and prime numbers, which can help you understand it better.
The Code S01E01: "Numbers"
New link, old one deleted for licencing and all that (freedom of information)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7jfHM-mMC4 Cicada 17 - Numberphile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7kEpw1tn50 Encryption and HUGE numbers - Numberphile
Video on possible name significance:
Fell free to add more info