Cicadas: Billions Of Cicadas To Hit The East Coast
Things are about to get noisy in the U.S. Rust Belt.
Billions of cicadas are expected to descend upon Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the website Cicada Mania.
As reported by CNN, this will be the first appearance for this particular breed in 17 years. The Magicicada cicadas have been underground since 1999.
While the critters aren’t dangerous, they can be annoying and are expected to arrive in significant numbers.
There are expected to be more than 1.5 million cicadas per acre and they are not the smallest of creatures. Full-grown cicadas are 2.4 to 3.3 cm in length.
The little critters will begin to emerge from the ground after the soil reaches a steady 18 degrees Celsius for four consecutive days, according to the Washington Post.
After that, the cicadas will be creating headaches for local residents as they continue with their constant droning.
The loud humming sound is the male’s mating call as they search for the love. Their partners will lay up to 400 eggs on trees before they die, completing their life cycle.
The eggs will hatch 4-6 weeks later and the larvae will burrow into the ground, beginning the round.
Some people are choosing to embrace the rare appearance of the winged creatures rather than avoid it.
In Cleveland, a festival is planned to educate the masses.
“It’s going to be a wild ride,” Wendy Weirich, director of Outdoor Experiences for the Cleveland Metroparks told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s like Rip Van Winkle for insects.”
Amazing Cicada life cycle – Sir David Attenborough’s Life in the Undergrowth