Watch out, Eastern states. It’s been 17 years. Here come the billions of lovesick cicadas

Watch out, Eastern states. It’s been 17 years. Here come the billions of lovesick cicadas
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[Ed. – Plus, there’s a website called “Cicada Mania.”  Who knew?]

Flip the aforementioned “they” from locusts to cicadas, and that’s actually a pretty apt description of what residents in some parts of Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia will experience next month when the soil warms to 64 degrees and billions of cicadas rise from the ground to mate. …

This particular group of insects has a 17-year-life cycle that begins underground and culminates in the air as they swell and swarm and scream and sing, issuing deafening cries as the males desperately seek mates. This current 17-year-cycle, which began in 1999, begins to end next month, reports Cicada Mania.

As billions of insects emerge, they can reach a density of 1.5 million cicadas an acre in some areas. …

Anyone who has experienced a swarm likely remembers the noise. …

Females can lay up to 400 eggs each, across 40 to 50 sites.

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