June 2021

Cicadas Are Coming!


Adult cicadas cling to a plant.

The cicadas are coming! Billions will come out of the ground this Spring. Trees from Indiana to Delaware will be full of adult cicadas. Females will lay billions of eggs in these trees.

Cicadas are bugs. After hatching baby cicadas dig into the ground. They stay there for up to 17 years. They feed on tree sap underground. Their lives above ground are short. Adults only live about 5 weeks.

Cicadas are mostly harmless. But they are big and loud. They are about 2 inches long. They have a call that is as loud as a motorcycle engine!

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Question 1
Cicadas are—

Question 2
How long do cicadas stay in the ground?

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