Cicadas

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cicadas

Understanding Cicadas

Cicadas are benign to humans, causing no direct harm. They don't bite or sting and are not known to transmit diseases. Instead, their significance lies in their ecological role and the awe they inspire due to their periodic emergence in vast numbers. Cicadas spend most of their life underground as nymphs before emerging to molt, mate, and lay eggs.

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Life Cycle and Habits

Cicadas have one of the longest life cycles among insects:

  • Nymphs: After hatching, they burrow underground for several years.
  • Emergence: Mature cicadas emerge synchronously in large numbers.
  • Mating: Males sing to attract females, and after mating, females lay eggs in tree branches.
  • Decomposition: Adult cicadas have a short lifespan above ground, and their decomposition contributes nutrients back to the ecosystem.

Cicada Season and Your Home

While cicadas are not destructive pests, their emergence can be overwhelming due to their numbers and noise. Here are a few tips to coexist with cicadas:

  • Tree Protection: Netting can prevent females from laying eggs in young tree branches.
  • Outdoor Planning: Consider cicada activity when planning outdoor events during peak emergence years.
  • Appreciation: Take the time to observe and educate about these unique insects, fostering a better understanding and appreciation for their role in nature.