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Synchronized hordes of cicadas

2022-04-09 23:56


All natural, periodical cicadas, entomological miracles,

“Periodical cicadas have the longest life cycles known for insects. They are called ‘periodical’ because in any one population all but a trivially small...


If you live in Ohio, West Virginia, or their neighbors, you're experiencing one of the planet's entomological miracles: periodical cicadas.

Depending on the "brood" (this year's is Brood V), periodical cicadas coordinate their life cycles over 13 or 17 years. Brood V are 17-year cicadas, which means they were born in 1999 and have spent the years buried underground, sucking the juice out of plant roots — in fact, they're North America's longest-living insect. Now, they're emerging, singing to mates, mating, laying eggs, and dying, all over the course of a few short weeks.

Their offspring will emerge again in 2033...

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