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The singing insects of summer

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Talk of Iowa, hosted by Charity Nebbe

The Katydid, Scissor Grinder Cicada, and Snowy Tree Cricket are a few notable insects that sing sweet songs during the summer.

Late summer in Iowa has its own distinct soundtrack, provided by insects. They're loud and persistent, singing their songs for hours. Entomologist Donald Lewis joins this Horticulture Day episode of Talk of Iowa to explain the meaning behind the insect songs of summer.

Later in the hour, Cindy Haynes joins the program to answer listeners' questions.


  • Donald Lewis, professor emeritus of entomology, Iowa State University
  • Cindy Haynes, horticulture professor, Iowa State University
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Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk