Common name: Cicada
Scientific name: Magicicada septendecim and related Magicicada species (perennial cicadas) and Neotibicen species (annual cicadas). There are three species of periodical cicadas with a 17-year life cycle and four species with a 13-year life cycle.
Hosts: A wide range of trees and shrubs can be damaged by the egg-laying process of these insects. Smaller, younger trees and shrubs are more likely to suffer serious damage.
Each year, somewhere in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains, a brood of the periodical cicadas emerges. The northern third of Illinois is in the range of Brood XIII, which last appeared in 2007. Its next appearance is due in 2024. Both the periodical and annual cicadas are native to North America. Annual or ‘dog day’ cicadas emerge every year, but do very little damage. The noise produced by cicadas can be very loud and annoying.