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Periodical Cicadas Will Not Be In Iowa This Year

Deb Dowd
Iowa State University Extension Entomologist Donald Lewis reveals the secrets of periodical cicadas. These large, loud flying insects emerge from the soil every 13 or 17 years.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with Iowa State University entomologist Donald Lewis about periodical cicadas. Then, listeners ask about the plants, trees and bugs in their lives.


  • Donald Lewis, professor of entomology, Iowa State University
  • Cindy Haynes, associate professor of horticulture, Iowa State University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer is a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River