Deformed Cicadia

Asked August 9, 2018, 4:24 PM EDT

Hello! Client stopped in with a cicadia with different sized curled wings. There were several in the yard with the same deformity. Client is wondering why and if this is a result of spray or something else.

Lake County South Dakota

1 Response

It's probably a molting issue. When the adult cicadas emerge they are still soft on the outside and the wings aren't fully hardened. If they get stuck, or the wing gets crimped it can end up hardening like this. I found a cicada a few years ago that had one wing completely flipped over.