Cicada – Making Holes in Ground when Emerging

Q: These 1/2″ holes are appearing in a semi-bare, shaded area in my yard. There is no visible tunneling. Do you have any idea what is making them?

Msg two days later: I think I found the culprit!

A: Oh man, I am glad you did more investigation. I hadn’t even thought about cicadas causing the holes!

The thing that you found, of course, is the shell of a cicada, an insect which lives underground most of the year and emerges in summer.

See Cicada Emerging From Shell

I’ll add this to my knowledge base of what could cause unexplained holes in midsummer.

Good detective work!

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