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There are over 1 million identified species of insects and spiders in the world with many more still awaiting discovery.

Insects provide a vastly overlooked - and often times misunderstood - window into our fragile ecosystem that involves the perfect balance of millions of individual components. In many ways, insects allow for our comfortable existence by providing a plethora of benefits including consumable goods, insect population control, and answers to science's lingering questions - understanding insects is a small step to understanding the very world we live in.

The Great Cicada Reveal of 2024

Full-color image of an emerging Cicada in 2024

Cicada Broods XIX and XIII

2024 marks the emerging of two Periodical Cicada Broods known as 'Brood XIX' and 'Brood XIII' with the greatest concentration found in the state of Illinois. Brood XIX is the 13-year variety whereas Brood XIII is the 17-year type. You should start seeing (and hearing!) these insects as soon as early May.

View all Cicadas (and the related Planthopper) insects here.

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