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Phenology with local naturalist Larry Weber every Friday morning at 8:20 on Northland Morning.

Backyard Almanac: Cicada Road Trip

A large, winged insect with bulbous red eyes rest on the thin leaves of a green plant
jody.z [via Flickr]

Larry Weber ventured out of state and to the south for some cicada spotting recently. "We do have cicadas that come out later in the summer," says Weber of the insect in the Northland. "However, we do not have the periodic cicadas." There is a variation of the insect that emerges every 13 years and another that emerges every 17 years. This spring, those two variations aligned.

"It's still going on," says Weber. Across the state of Illinois, both variations can be observed. "By the first of July it's pretty much all over."

Back home in the Northland, the rain is falling, the plants are growing, the birds are breeding, and the bugs are out and about - this, of course, includes mosquitos.

You can hear Backyard Almanac every Friday at 8:20am on Northland Morning.

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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