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Two species of cicadas emerge in Louisiana for the first time since 1803


For the first time since 1803 two different species of cicadas have been identified in Louisiana.

Every 17 years one species emerges, and every 13 years another, known as the Great Brood. However the problem is in 2011 there were no sightings for the Great Brood in Louisiana. LSU ag Center Insect Diagnostician, Christopher Carlton says that could be due to a few reasons from migration to extinction in the area.

The Ag Center is asking for help to document the emergence of individual cicadas, but also to see if there are any chorusing activities in the trees.

Carlton says, "once they are gone they never recover." but with peak emergence passed there is still time to get out and help.

A native of West Monroe, Lexi is a junior at the University of Louisiana Monroe where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in communications.