Brood X is here! To welcome our winged friends, Arlington County Nature Center staff compiled these six periodical cicada fun facts:
- Periodical cicadas aren’t harmful to people or other animals. They won’t bite or sting you, or poison your pets.
- Periodical cicadas are not locusts, which are grasshoppers. Cicadas are members of the true bug order, which includes stink bug and aphids.
- Periodical cicadas seem magical! They emerge from underground once every 17 years to mate and lay eggs. They are different from dog day, or annual cicadas, who sing to us each year in late summer.
- Periodical cicadas can damage young trees when laying eggs, so don’t plant new trees until after they are gone, about mid-June.
- Periodical cicadas can be infected by a fungus called Massospora cicadina that causes some or all of their abdomen to fall off!
- Periodical cicadas are beneficial! They provide a great source of food for birds, foxes, raccoons, fish, and more!