What are Cicadas
Cicadas Described
Annual vs. Periodical
 
Cicada Lifecycle
Nymph and Emergence
Final Molt
Courtship-Lekking
Mating
Egg Laying
Hatching
 
Brood Distribution
Explanation
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Egg Laying

After mating, the female cicada lays her eggs inside of small branches. Her ovipositor is very sharp and easily cuts into the wood.

The wounds caused by egg laying are dramatic, and can cause the tree to look like it is dying.