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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Cicada Damage


In early summer those 13 year cicadas came out. They had red eyes and were quite loud. I think I had mentioned them on my Facebook account, but not on here. Anyway, they were gone, had run their course...whatever, by the time we got back from our CA trip.

But they left behind evidence. Here is a pic of the damage they did to the trees.
The females cut little slits into small twigs at the ends of the limbs and lay their eggs. These twigs subsequently die, as shown here.

You can tell which types of trees they prefer by the amount of damage. Hubby said it's mainly the white oaks that have the most dead twigs.

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