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The Dual Cicada Emergence of 2024: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Natural Event

Jun 01, 2024 12:00AM ● By Natural Awakenings Milwaukee
This summer, a truly extraordinary event is set to unfold—the simultaneous emergence of both the 13-year and 17-year cicada varieties. This rare phenomenon, which last occurred in 1803 and will not happen again for another 221 years, offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness the intricate cycles of nature and marvel at the wonders of the natural world.

While their loud cacophony of buzzing might seem alarming, there’s no need to fear these fascinating insects. Cicadas play a crucial role in our ecosystem. They contribute to soil aeration and serve as a rich protein source for birds and small mammals. Their nutrient-rich bodies also fertilize the soil as they decompose, promoting plant health.

Instead of viewing cicadas as pests, we can embrace their presence and observe their unique life cycle. Their brief appearance serves as a reminder of the wonders of nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.

So, this June, take advantage of this rare event and listen to the cicadas’ song, appreciate their role in our environment, and foster a deeper connection with nature.

Patti Beres is the owner of Be Green Pro LLC, in Delafield. For more information, call 262-361-4034 or visit