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A Taste of Chitin

When life hands you cicadas, cover them with chocolate. That’s what Julie Love in our Protection Division did last week.

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Adult Periodical Cicadas

Adult Periodical Cicadas

Photo of adult Periodical Cicadas.

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Photo of a shed exoskeleton molted by an annual cicada.

Annual Cicada (Molted Exoskeleton)

In July and August, annual cicada nymphs claw out of the ground, climb trees or other objects, and molt to become winged adults. Their shed skins remain behind, while the adults sing, mate, and produce the next generation.

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Annual Cicadas (Dog-Day Cicadas)

In Missouri, cicadas in the genus Tibicen
Commonly heard but less often seen, these bugs look like larger and greener versions of the famous periodical cicadas. Annual cicadas go through a life cycle of only about 2–5 years, and some are present every year—thus they are called annual.

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Branch Flagging Slide Show

This tree displays branch flagging, which can have many causes. In this case, female periodical cicadas cut the tree's twigs with their ovipositors in the process of laying their eggs. The small cuts weakened the twigs, which turned brown, then broke during strong winds.

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Broken Twig Syndrome?

Have you found yourself picking up broken tree branch tips from your lawn recently, only to find your lawn cluttered with them again the next day?

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Branch flagging on chinquapin oak

Brown patches in trees may be result of cicadas, scale insects

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Egg-laying and feeding behavior of these insects damages individual tree branches.

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Chocolate-Covered-Cicada Tasting

A video of Jim Low sampling a chocolate-covered member of Brood 19.

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image of Cicada Killer on Goldenrod

Cicada Killer Wasp

Sphecius speciosus
The cicada killer might be the scariest-looking wasp in our state. It is, however, not aggressive toward people and is virtually harmless, unless handled roughly. As in all ground-nesting wasps, an active nest can usually be recognized by the mound of earth excavated by the female with her mandibles and legs.

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