Billions of Cicadas About to Overrun U.S. East Coast

I have visions of African locust swarms, but apparently being outnumbered 600 to 1 by cicadas shouldn’t worry residents of the East Coast of America as all these insects are looking for is sex. From AP via Black Mountain News:

Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

Scientists even have a horror-movie name for the infestation: Brood II. But as ominous as that sounds, the insects are harmless. They won’t hurt you or other animals. At worst, they might damage a few saplings or young shrubs. Mostly they will blanket certain pockets of the region, though lots of people won’t ever see them.

“It’s not like these hordes of cicadas suck blood or zombify people,” says May Berenbaum, a University of Illinois entomologist.

However, Western North Carolina residents shouldn’t expect much cicada action this year, according to Jim Walgenbach, a professor at N.C. State University and entomologist with the N.C. Cooperative Extension.

These cicadas are looking for just one thing: sex. And they’ve been waiting quite a long time…

[continues at AP via Black Mountain News]


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8 Comments on "Billions of Cicadas About to Overrun U.S. East Coast"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm |

    Bzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzz Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  2. emperorreagan | May 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
    • Matt Staggs | May 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm |

      I need another cryptic black t-shirt like I need a hole in my head, but I ordered it anyway. Thanks for the heads up.

      • emperorreagan | May 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm |

        All cryptic black t-shirts = everything goes in a single load for laundry.

  3. BuzzCoastin | May 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm |

    what a life
    a new born orphan cicada crawls into a hole for a 17 year nap
    wakes-up one morning
    goes out and has sex and dies shortly thereafter

    this cycle by the way
    was timed in such a way
    that in the event of famine
    there was quick and ready food supply available every 17 years

  4. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | May 8, 2013 at 11:03 am |

    They’re supposed to be delicious. If we get any around here, I’ll give it a shot.

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