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January 11, 2017

Frequently asked questions about cicada insects

Filed under: FAQs — Dan @ 1:01 am


This is a list of all the cicada “frequently asked questions” on our site.

Cicada Biology

  1. Can Cicadas See?
  2. Do cicadas pee?
  3. Do cicadas stink?
  4. How many types of cicadas are there?
  5. How to tell if a Cicada is a Male or Female?
  6. Is there such thing as an albino cicada?
  7. Why do some cicadas have shriveled up or damaged wings?
  8. What is the largest cicada?

Cicada Sounds, Singing, “Noise”

  1. Do cicadas sing at night?
  2. How do cicadas make sounds / noise?
  3. What cicada is the loudest?
  4. When do cicadas sing?

Cicada Behavior

  1. Do cicadas bite or sting?
  2. What do cicadas do?
  3. Are cicadas attracted to the sound of lawnmowers and other machinery?
  4. How long do cicadas live?
  5. What do Cicadas Eat?
  6. What is the purpose of cicadas?
  7. Where do cicadas live?

Cicada Predators aka What Eats Cicadas

  1. 10 Facts about Cicada Killer Wasps
  2. Can pets or other animals sense cicadas below ground?
  3. What Eats Cicadas?

Studying or Observing Cicadas

  1. How do I photograph cicadas at night?
  2. Is it possible to raise cicadas?
  3. Keeping cicadas for a short period of time
  4. Where can I buy cicadas online?

Human / Cicada Interaction

  1. Are cicadas safe to eat?
  2. How do you pronounce Cicada?
  3. How to say in different languages?
  4. What do cicadas symbolize?
  5. What is the root of the word cicada?
  6. What Might Cause Cicadas to go Extinct?

17 & 13 Year / Magicicada / Periodical / “Locusts”:

  1. Can you see letters like W & P on a cicada’s wings?
  2. Did Someone Offer a Reward for White or Blue-eyed Cicadas?
  3. How can I prevent cicadas from damaging my plants?
  4. How Long Does a Periodical Cicada Emergence Last?
  5. What are Broods?
  6. What are Stragglers?
  7. What is Predator Satiation?
  8. Are cicadas locusts?
  9. Which fungus attacks Magicicadas?
  10. Why do Magicicada stay underground for 13 or 17 years?
  11. Will the cicadas kill my trees, shrubs or flowers?

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  1. Karl Gardner says:

    Possible typo. In the “Identification Tips” on page it says “It lacks the orange color between the eyes that M. septendecim has.” Should it say behind the eyes? The photo at the top of the septendecim page has red behind the eyes and none between the eyes. FANTASTIC SITE! I learned a lot. If actually a typo, please fix and delete this comment.

    1. Dan says:

      True, it should be between the eye and wing insertion point.

  2. Patrick Morris says:

    Today is 3/22/21. We cut down two large trees in our back yard in August 2019, and another smaller pine tree in the early summer of 2020. We live in Maryland, cicada ground zero. Did we kill a whole bunch of nymphs by cutting down the trees? I’m a cicada fan, and fear we committed mass cicadas murder.

    1. Dan says:

      Maybeeeeee…. sometimes they’re able to find other roots to feed from.

  3. Eileen Tobin says:

    Hello, I’m wondering if there are local cicada organizations that I could contact when Brood X hatches this spring and they become numerous and wonderfully LOUD. I lived in western New Jersey in 1987 and experienced that hatch and was totally blown away. We unfortunately moved to Colorado in 2000 and I have been longing to experience another hatch. 2021 is my last chance, I’m 68 years old! I have a friend in Northampton Pa. I can stay with but I need somebody on the ground in that general area who will be tuned in and can give me info. I will drop everything and fly for cicadas! Thank you!

    1. Dan says:

      One idea is to use the Cicada Safari app to see where people are finding them. I’ll keep this page updated as well.

      They’ll be south around Allentown, PA. And plenty across the river in NJ in Hunterdon, NJ.

      Princeton, NJ should be great for cicadas.

  4. Why isn’t cicadas not reported for Southern Indiana and Kentucky. They are loud at night I can’t even think.
    Also do know where they are?

  5. Mark says:

    I’m having problems finding information about the white fungus that is on the underside of the dog day cicada here in Chicago. Can you explain what that is or do you have a reference? I’m not sure if it’s the same fungus that attacks the periodic’s, it definitely affects them differently if it is. Thank you, Mark

    1. Dan says:

      Mark, if you mean the white powdery substance, that’s called pruinosus which is a natural waxy coating.

      Either way, send a photo to so I can diagnose. Thanks!

      1. Mark says:

        Dan, I don’t have a photo of one but the white substance is on the whole underside of the dog there cicadas here in Chicago. Is that a fungus or is that the coating you mentioned in the last email. Thank you for the quick reply. Mark

        1. Dan says:

          It’s pruinose — a naturally occurring, waxy coating produced by the insect itself. pruinose comes from the Latin word for frost.

  6. Rodrigo Torres N. says:

    Aquí en Colombia en los cerros orientales de la capital, Bogotá, y durante la noche muy fría ( 15 de julio a las 9:55 PM), esta cigarra, chocó con el vidrio transparente de la ventana del piso 9, mientras emitía un sonido particular. Les estoy enviando algunas fotografías que espero les permitan identificar la especie y agregar cualquier otro comentario

    A la espera de sus valiosos mensajes


    Rodrigo Torres N.
    BiĂłlogo, M.Sc.

  7. Mark says:

    Sorry for the typos in my previous email, meant to say that some have Emerged 4 years early as you know. Why do stragglers do this, is there a good explanation? M

    1. Dan says:

      @Mark, read this FAQ and start from there.

  8. mark says:

    We are currently experiencing the early emergence of the 17 year cicadas here in Chicago. As you know summer out for years early right now and seeing quite loudly. Do you have an explanation as to why there are stragglers that emerge early? Thank you, Mark

  9. Duke Hayduk says:

    About a week ago here in Eldorado, New Mexico, my dog started feeding voraciously on cicadas in plants near the ground. I collected a single sample and have not been able to identify it by looking at online photos. A possible assist in ID’ing it is that I believe they are making clicking, not buzzing, sounds in all the trees Red eyes, distinctive yellow pattern on the top of the back. Sometimes, I swear they’re clicking in unison, like a bunch of drummers hammering out a rhythm.

    Any help in identifying this large-seeming population?

    1. Patrick Alexander says:

      Likely Platypedia putnami.

  10. Rich says:

    Belle Vernon got hammered 17 years ago. It was awesome

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