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May 25, 2024

Finding cicada nymphs in the flower garden

Filed under: Nymphs — Dan @ 4:50 pm

Today I was digging in a flower garden that is mostly inhabited by thick-stemmed Montauk Daisies, and I found many cicada nymphs. The nearest tree is about 25 feet away — I guess any type of root will suffice for some cicadas.

They seem weak and disorientated, which makes sense since they’ve lived underground their whole lives.

There are Magicicada (Brood II), Neotibicen tibicen, Neotibicen lyricen, and Neotibicen linnei in the yard. I haven’t investigated which species these are yet, but I think it’s likely they’re not Magicicada because they were relatively large (bigger than a penny) and Brood II is 6 years away.

2 Comments »

  1. Adrienne says:

    What can you do if you accidentally dig them up while gardening? I have been holding off on doing new digging this spring because I was worried about digging them up and dooming them. If I put them back in the dirt would they be ok? Thank you in advance!

    1. Dan says:

      I put them back in the soil near some visible roots. Gently place any new plants and dirt above them. They should have enough energy to dig to another root.

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