A horny insect horde is set to hit the East Coast of America in search of sex after lying dormant for almost two decades.
Billions of cicadas are hatching out of the ground and swarming across the eastern seaboard looking for love. They have been sighted around the East Coast but numbers are expected to swell to biblical proportions in the coming days.
“There will be some places where it’s wall-to-wall cicadas,” said entomologist Mike Raupp from the University of Maryland.
The red-eyed insects are two inches long and look like massive grasshoppers. Although they don’t carry any notable diseases and cause no harm to humans or crops, their bark is significantly worse than their bite. A male cicada can produce a sound of about 100 decibels when singing for sex – roughly the same volume as a passing motorbike.
Jim Fredericks, from the National Pest Management Association, said that cicadas sometimes all burst into song at once in a bid to overwhelm predators.