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In the News: Cicadas Are Coming – Part I

Written by Lisa Jillanza

It has been over 200 years since the last time that two groups of periodical cicadas have emerged at the same time… and it’s about to happen again.

While there are over 3,000 species of cicadas in the world, there are 7 different species in North America that emerge either every 13 years or every 17 years. But this May and June, Cicada Brood XIX (13-year cycle) and Brood XIII (17-year cycle) will surface at the same time. These two species have some of the largest populations, and together, will cover most of the eastern United States.

This article will focus on all things cicadas and will hopefully enlighten you on these interesting creatures.

Where can you find cicadas?

You are likely to find cicadas in places that are heavily populated with trees and shrubs that have been there for at least 13-17 years.

Are cicadas loud? 

That likely depends on how active they are. Some reports say that they can omit a noise that sounds like a siren, whine and/or a roar. You may hear the more in rural areas, than suburban areas. Cicadas are daytime insects, so you likely won’t hear them at night. 

Can cicadas bite or spread disease? 

Cicadas only feed on plants and trees. They do not bite or sting and don’t spread any diseases to humans, plants or animals. In the off chance that a cicada lands on you, it’s likely not on purpose as they aren’t interested in hanging out on people and won’t stick around long. 

Can you eat cicadas? 

Surprisingly, you can eat cicadas and there are lots of recipes online. 

(Continued in Part II…)