Periodical cicadas live as nymphs for 13–17 years underground, and then emerge simultaneously to metamorphose into their adult form. Tremendous numbers of periodical cicadas, calling all at once, are a memorable event.
Annual cicadas 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.
The cicada killer might be the scariest-looking wasp in our state. But it is not aggressive to people and is virtually harmless, unless handled roughly. Like other ground-nesting wasps, nests can be recognized by the mound of earth excavated by the female.
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