17 Year Cicadas Expected in Michigan
They haven't made an appearance since 2004 but we can expect to see the 17 year Cicadas this spring.
There are different cicadas that show up every year, however, these 17-year cicadas only show up, well, every 17 years. These periodical cicadas live for about 4 to 5 weeks and usually show up in late May to early June. Brood X, which is what this brood is known as, were last in Michigan in 2004.
Before the group of 2004 cicadas died, they laid eggs. The cicadas we'll see this year are those eggs all grown up. These cicadas are noticed by their loud sound, even obnoxious, but these bugs aren't destructive.
Certified Board Entomologist Mark VanderWerp said,
"You might get some emergence holes in your yard, if you've got them living there. If you have young trees that were just planted, they can do significant damage to young new trees.”
By the way, you can eat the larvae of cicadas. They are gluten-free, high protein and low carb. Here are some recipes. Yum!
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