Periodical Cicadas Return to Iowa in 2014

  • Periodical Cicadas Return to Iowa in 2014

     Shane Donegan updated 6 years, 6 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Shane Donegan

    May 29, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    It’s been a long wait but it is almost over!  This is the year that Brood III of the periodical cicadas (a.k.a. 17-year “locusts”) will emerge from the ground and appear as adults in a significant portion of the state of Iowa.  The periodical cicadas we will see and hear this summer are the offspring of the adults that we saw way back in 1997.  For 17 years, the cicada nymphs have waited underground.  This is the summer we (and they!) have waited for!

    Photo taken in 1980; This individual is a
    grandparent of cicadas that will emerge this year.
    photo by: Donald Lewis, Iowa State University

    For more info check out this article from Iowa State Extension:

    Periodical Cicadas Return to Iowa in 2014

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