Kelly’s Field Notes

Common Name: Cicada

Order: Hemiptera

Superfamily: Cicadoidea

Family: Tettigarctidae, Cicadidae

Genera: There is 1 extant (living) genera within family Tettigarctidae, Tettigarcta, and around 469 genera within family Cicadidae

Species of Note Near You (There are over 3,000 species of cicada worldwide, 190 in North America):

2024 is the big double brood emergence of Broods XIX and XIII!

Brood XIX - Magicicada tredecim, Magicicada tredecassini, Magicicada tredecula, Magicicada neotredecim

Brood XIII - Magicicada cassini, Magicicada septendecim, and Magicicada septendecula


Adult cicadas are stout little guys and gals with oblong bodies. They have large clear wings, broad heads, and big compound eyes. They are around 2.5 cm -  3.8 cm (1-1.5 in) in length. Adults can come in many color combinations from green, to black, to blue, , to green with multiple markings depending on species. Nymphs are light brown, wingless with large compound eyes.

Life Cycle: 

Female cicadas etch a small groove in the bark of a tree, then lay their eggs in it. After about 6 weeks the eggs hatch and the nymphs have a sap snack. Once they’ve eaten they drop off of the tree and burrow into the ground. Here they will tunnel around feeding on tree sap until next Spring, or for 2 years, or if they are a periodical cicada not for 13 or even 17 years!

When they have eaten enough and it’s time to be an adult the nymphs crawl up the trees they have been feeding on and molt. Their exoskeleton splits down the center of their backs and the adult emerges, hanging upside down while its wings expand and its exoskeleton hardens.

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