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(Public domain image from Wikimedia) The 17-year cicadas are incredible insects that emerge in mass numbers after spending 17 years underground. In late April to early May 2021, scientists expect a large emergence (called Brood X) in the Eastern and Midwestern United States. To coincide with this amazing natural event is the emergence of a ...continue reading "STEM Friday #Kidlit A Cicada Book is Coming!"

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Cicadas here in the Sonoran desert start singing around Father's Day and can be found throughout the summer. Because they are so abundant, you might not take a second look at them. While out picking blueberries recently, a California woman did notice a cicada and she took a photograph of it. After she uploaded the ...continue reading "Bug of the Week: Cicadas Old and New"

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Insects can interfere with exercise. For example, these light-colored objects on the dark bark of a mesquite caught my eye and I had to run home and grab my camera. Do you recognize it? Here, look closer. It's the exoskeleton shed by a cicada turning from a nymph into an adult. Can you see the ...continue reading "Bug of the Week: Cicada Nymph Exoskeletons"