Cicadas

Cicada © Anne Riechmann
Cicada © Anne Riechmann

The cicadas (sih-kay-duhs) comprise a family in the insect order Homoptera. This iverse group also contains leafhoppers, treehoppers, spittlebugs, aphids, and scale insects. More than 2,000 species of cicadas exist worldwide; the most common in Massachusetts are the periodical cicada (Magicicada septemdecim) and annual or dog day cicada (Tibicen linnei). Learn More

Though some species are called annual cicadas because they present every year, all species take at least four years to mature in the ground. Among periodical cicadas, numerous different "broods" occur. Learn More

Probably because of their regular population explosions, periodical cicadas have been confused with certain large grasshoppers that occur in crop-devastating swarms. It is these and other grasshoppers—not cicadas—that we properly call “locusts.” Learn More