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Periodical Cicada
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Periodical Cicada

Order: Homoptera

Family: Cicadidae

Pest Status: Periodical cicadas can cause damage to young trees when they cut the tender branches while ovipositing on them.

Appearance: Adults are large (1 to 2-inches long), with prominent wide-set eyes, short antennae and clear wings held roof-like over the abdomen. They have black bodies and orange wing veins.

Life Cycle: Immature nymphs develop underground and feed on sap from plant roots. After 13 or 17 years (depending on the species) underground, mature nymphs emerge from the soil and climb onto nearby vegetation to molt to the winged adult stage. The adults emerge in summer and live for only two to four weeks. The females deposit their eggs into the bark of trees. After six weeks, eggs hatch and the newly hatched nymphs fall to the ground and burrow into the soil.

Where to Collect: In places and in years when cicada emergence occurs, they may be found in all stands of mature trees.