Loudest insect
Brevisana brevis
Africa ()
The African cicada (Brevisana brevis) produces a calling song with a mean sound pressure level of 106.7 decibels at a distance of 50 cm (1 ft 7.5 in). Cicada songs play a vital role in communication and reproduction. The only British species is the very rare mountain cicada (Cicadetta montana), which is confined to the New Forest area in Hampshire.