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  • Will 2024 be the year of the cicada in Illinois?

    Portrait of Catherine Dana in the laboratory. She is standing behind a display of cicada specimens in a specimen drawer. Her colleague, who is closer to the camera, is using a magnifying glass to magnify a few of the cicada specimens in the drawer.

    In an interview, cicada expert Catherine Dana describes the variety and abundance of cicada species that will make 2024 a very special year. The overlap of Brood XIII and Brood XIX this year only occurs once every 221 years. INHS curator of geology and paleontology Jared Thomas magnifies part of the cicada collection.

    Photo by Fred Zwicky


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  • Editor’s notes

    The Illinois Natural History Survey is a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

    To contact Catherine Dana, email