Image: Billions of Cicadas Will Swarm East Coast This Spring After 17 Years Underground

Billions of Cicadas Will Swarm East Coast This Spring After 17 Years Underground

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 08:46 AM

By Michael Mullins

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Billions of noisy, winged creatures with red eyes and protruding red veins are coming back to life across the Northeast this spring after being buried underground for nearly 20 years. No, it isn’t a zombie invasion or the plot to a 1950s horror film. It's the anticipated return of the Brood II cicadas.

The periodical cicadas are one of nature's great mysteries.

The insect remains underground for most of its life cycle, where it primarily feeds on the roots of trees, coming to the surface only to mate and lay eggs.

Special: Should the Supreme Court Legalize Gay Marriage? Vote in Urgent Poll.

"Brood II is a periodic cicada that hatches out every 17 years," Craig Gibbs, an entomologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Queens Zoo, told CBS News. "The specific thing about these 17-year cicadas is they are going to be a very dark colored body. They have really bright red eyes, and they also have bright red wing veins."

They are expected to appear between mid-April to late May in large concentrations from New England and North Carolina. Considering the loud, somewhat grating sound the male cicadas make to attract members of the opposite sex, the cicadas will likely be heard more than they are seen.

"What will happen is the nymphs will come up and they will shed their nymphal skin and they'll crawl up into the trees and they'll take about five days to harden and then they'll start for next four to six weeks calling and looking for mates," Gibbs said.

"It'll be noisy. There's no getting around the noise," said Gibbs. "And again that's just the males looking for females. What's noisy to a human is the sound of love to another cicada"

Urgent: Obama or GOP: Who’s to Blame for Budget Crisis? Vote Now

Despite their menacing sound and somewhat strange appearance, cicadas are harmless to both humans and the trees they inhabit for their brief stay above ground.

The insects will disappear in late May, only to reemerge in 2030.

Related stories:

Australia Battles Giant Locust Plague

Record Heat Leads to Increase in Insect Population

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Matawan Pledge of Allegiance Case Over 'Under God' Now Up to Judge

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 18:26 PM

Attorneys for the Aberdeen Matawan school district argued Wednesday for the inclusion of "under God" in the Pledge of Al . . .

Texas Family's Disney World Trip Ends Before It Begins With Fatal Crash

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 18:00 PM

Five members of a Texas family on the road to Disney World were killed this week when their car left the road and flippe . . .

Raven-Symone: Bill Cosby Never Laid a Hand on Me, 'Keep Me Out of This'

Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 17:27 PM

Raven-Symone was the latest actress to be dragged into the growing scandal attached to Bill Cosby, but she went online t . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved