Cicada nymph on a tree, shedding its exoskeleton
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole
Scientists Go Down the Cicada Hole

Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.

Brood X’s emergence tunnels—numbering in the hundreds per square meter of soil—give researchers a special opportunity to study how such extreme soil aeration affects the ecosystem.

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Insects Showcase Unexpected Ways to Make Water-Repellent Surfaces
Viviane Callier | Jul 17, 2020
The intersection between water, air, and insects’ intricately decorated surfaces turn out to be the key to explain why droplets bounce so quickly off of them.
Image of the Day: Hairy Cicada
Amy Schleunes | Mar 5, 2020
A single fossilized forewing belonging to a newly named cicada species that lived roughly 100 million years ago was unearthed at an abandoned Canadian mine.
Image of the Day: Minions of the Cicada 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Jan 9, 2018
Scientists study the unusual genome evolution of the bacteria that live within a genus of cicadas. 
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Jun 1, 2013
June 2013's selection of notable quotes
How Do Cicadas Know When to Emerge?
Kate Yandell | May 29, 2013
Despite cicadas’ high profile, scientists still don’t fully understand when and why they decide it is time to mate.