US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The world is experiencing an invasion of locusts, and in the United States instead of locusts in May a real invasion of huge swarms of cicadas (of the genus Magicicada) is expected, which have been waiting for their time underground for 17 years.
A brood appearing in 2020, called brood XI, has not been seen since 2003.
The length of time required for the cicada larvae to mature to adults underground varies depending on the genus, with some appearing only after one year, while for others, such as brood XI, it can be up to 17 years.
The life cycle of periodic cicadas is one of the greatest mysteries for biologists and why it takes so much time is still not completely understood.
Tsunami brood XI promises a bustling few weeks for South West Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia, when males sing to find a female.
Periodic cicadas are one of the noisiest insects on earth, creating a vibrating sound, using membranes on the side of their body to raise noise that can reach over 90 decibels, roughly at the level of a lawn mower.
With up to 1.5 million cicadas per acre expected in the above states, residents will have a lot of fun.
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