Des Moines Co. Reports First Rare Cicada Sighting


An Iowa State University Professor of Entomology is encouraging Iowans in southern and central Iowa to enjoy an event that only happens once every 17 years, and it’s already begun.



If you’ve heard the loud Cicada buzzing, you’re witnessing something unique this year, according to Donald Lewis…

Dr. Lewis says there are a couple different kinds of Cicadas, annuals (which come every year) and periodicals. He said that the first report he received this year of the Periodical Cicada came from the Burlington area…

They only live for 4-6 weeks and then they will be gone again for another 17 years. Lewis reminds people that Cicadas don’t do any harm to humans or crops…

He says the only downfall to this insect is that, during their life span, the female Cicada will lay eggs in the twigs of trees, and those twigs will die. He says it’s nothing to be alarmed about, it’s been happening for the last 10,000 years.

Up to 1.5-million Cicadas can crowd into a single acre of woodland and up to 40,000 in a single tree.

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Savanna Evans
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2 Comments on "Des Moines Co. Reports First Rare Cicada Sighting"

  1. Concerned | June 8, 2014 at 5:42 am |

    It is a dangerous world out there. Some fools however, just insist on decreasing their chances of survival a bit more than others. It is almost beyond belief that bicyclists here in southeast Iowa routinely ride in the traveled portion of busy roadways such as West Avenue and west Mt. Pleasant Street between West Burlington and Middletown, and other busy roadways during busy traffic times, oblivious to the consequences of their actions. Their slow moving presence creates an accident waiting to happen. The hazards are obvious. Most alert drivers, during good driving conditions can avoid these idiots. However, it just takes one time. That one time can be an unsuspecting elderly motorist and the setting sun to cause a vision issue. A testing or distracted teenage female driver. A fatigued semi driver or a drunk and impaired driver who, for whatever reason, does not or cannot avoid these lawful but foolish bikers. The historic scenarios are endless. Yes. Iowa law allows riding a bicycle in the traveled portion of the roadway. However, just because you have the right to be there doesn’t always mean you should. Maybe the fools on the bicycles have nice thoughts of a fat insurance settlement knowing the law is on their side….if they survive the impact… One suggestion would be to look at larger community solutions that allow for bicycling paths on busy roadway shoulders. Bicyclists can petition the state legislature for the money or, they can pay for the new bike paths with the insurance money they have left over after they get nailed…. Good luck with that.

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