World’s Largest Cicada Brood Begins Hatching In U.S. South

cicadasIf the world is going to end this coming weekend, this seems about right. USA Today notes:

Here comes the Brood. An enormous brood of cicadas that covers parts of 16 states is beginning to wake from its 13-year slumber underground.

The inch-long insects have been reported hatching in South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Arkansas. They will appear farther north as soil temperatures reach 64 degrees.

“There are billions of them in the trees,” Greta Beekhuis says, speaking by phone from Pittsboro, N.C. The sound of the cicadas is clearly audible over the line. “When I drove from my house to the grocery store, I ran over thousands of them. They’re everywhere. The air is just thick with them.”

Scientists call these cicadas the Great Southern Brood or Brood XIX. It is the world’s largest “periodical” brood, one that surfaces after years.

Cicadas aren’t dangerous, and are non-toxic and even edible, says Kritsky, a biology professor at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. “The Iroquois ate them all the time.”

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  • Terry Beck

     those are some scary looking bugs, weird they sleep for years.

  • http://enobosarm.wordpress.com/ enobosarm

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    • http://twitter.com/Masteradept Masteradept

       They don’t sleep, they were incubating. When they come out every 13 years, they grow, mate, lay eggs and die.

      • Tigerislilly

         it sucks that that lady ran over them. im sure it couldnt be helped but how would you like to wake up after 13ys of sleep just to walk a few steps get ready to go then be run over your first hour.

  • Voidthought

    I live in the country and these things have made the ground look like swiss cheese! We have 5 dogs though and they enjoy eating them. They are not too bad but still there are thousands of them!!

  • Voidthought

    I live in the country and these things have made the ground look like swiss cheese! We have 5 dogs though and they enjoy eating them. They are not too bad but still there are thousands of them!!

    • Sharen

      Yes that is what my trees here in IL. Look like gross. Hate them

  • justagirl

    i think their eyes are cute.  and they sound like summertime.

  • justagirl

    i think their eyes are cute.  and they sound like summertime.

  • mrtastycakes

    Tip: Remove wings before ingesting.

  • mrtastycakes

    Tip: Remove wings before ingesting.

  • ben_b

    Bird shot seems a tad big, snake shot? Do they even  make 12ga snake shot?  If they do letting a load of it off into a swarm would be neat to watch. 

  • Anonymous

    Bird shot seems a tad big, snake shot? Do they even  make 12ga snake shot?  If they do letting a load of it off into a swarm would be neat to watch. 

  • UNTITLED-01

    Yet ANOTHER reason to not live in the south. As if there weren’t enough already. 

    • muchao

      Actually this is one of the reasons that I LOVE living in the south (NC), there is nothing like smoking a joint on the back deck and listening to the beautiful drone of them.  When coupled with the bullfrogs it’s like getting to experiences nature’s own ragas.

      • Sharen

        Yes that is what my trees here in IL. Look like gross. Hate them.

    • Ewop7

      I was born and raised in NYC and have been living in NC for 9yrs after loosing my Job do to 911.  You couldn’t pay my to move back to NYC. I go back to visit family once a yr and can’t stay longer than 3 days before I’m ready to leave that nasty, overcrowded, crime ridden place.  The restaurants are nasty, people are nasty and don’t speak. Trust me, you don’t realize it until you move and come back.

  • UNTITLED-01

    Yet ANOTHER reason to not live in the south. As if there weren’t enough already. 

  • http://twitter.com/Masteradept Masteradept

     They don’t sleep, they were incubating. When they come out every 13 years, they grow, mate, lay eggs and die.

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic Jon Doe

    I always thought cicadas were cool.  I’d love to see that in person. Shame there aren’t as many down here in/around New Orleans (though the North shore may be a different story).

  • http://twitter.com/praticuschaotic John Doe

    I always thought cicadas were cool.  I’d love to see that in person. Shame there aren’t as many down here in/around New Orleans (though the North shore may be a different story).

  • Tigerislilly

     it sucks that that lady ran over them. im sure it couldnt be helped but how would you like to wake up after 13ys of sleep just to walk a few steps get ready to go then be run over your first hour.

  • muchao

    Actually this is one of the reasons that I LOVE living in the south (NC), there is nothing like smoking a joint on the back deck and listening to the beautiful drone of them.  When coupled with the bullfrogs it’s like getting to experiences nature’s own ragas.

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

    Ah, what a beautiful morni- *crunch*

  • http://twitter.com/Mark_Siragusa Mark Siragusa

    Ah, what a beautiful morni- *crunch*

  • Ewop7

    I was born and raised in NYC and have been living in NC for 9yrs after loosing my Job do to 911.  You couldn’t pay my to move back to NYC. I go back to visit family once a yr and can’t stay longer than 3 days before I’m ready to leave that nasty, overcrowded, crime ridden place.  The restaurants are nasty, people are nasty and don’t speak. Trust me, you don’t realize it until you move and come back.

  • Sharen

    Yes that is what my trees here in IL. Look like gross. Hate them.

  • Sharen

    Yes that is what my trees here in IL. Look like gross. Hate them