Valley Stream, New York 2021-05-12 23:35:34 –
(WSPA) – After 17 years underground, a huge cicada herd is preparing to emerge in the United States.
The places they excavate are more specific than you might think, and the moment they start the deafening copulation call, you’ll find yourself on the lawn of their home.
“It’s a little nice at first, but it’s going to be a hassle later,” said Jaime Rutherford, who moved to Carolina when the last chick appeared in 2011.
After all, cicadas are the largest insects in the world, with some groups reaching 100 decibels, enough to drown lawnmowers.
Clemson University Entomologist Dr. Eric Benson I studied Great Southern Broad in 2011.
“The regular chicks we have are mostly East Coast phenomena,” he explained.
Today, Benson is an upstate dependable person, setting a record for one of the largest and longest living insects in the world.
What’s cooler than a bug that’s been lurking underground for 13 or 17 years? And it’s a kind of indicator of your environmental health. What has changed if they can’t survive? ” He said.
So how long does the periodical cicada live? When they fall from trees and burrows, they attach to the roots and provide nutrients without damaging the trees. As they mature and emerge, they feed hundreds of animals and ultimately nourish the soil.
Most of the first lessons in Cicadas 101 are environmentally friendly. Unlike locusts (not the same), cicadas do not destroy vegetation.
Benson also explains that there are annual cicadas and periodic cicadas. Periodical chicks come out every 13 or 17 years, and unlike larger annuals, periodicals have red eyes.
“When people live through the emergence of true regular groups, you will remember it for the rest of your life,” Benson said.
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It is the soil temperature that determines exactly when the cicadas appear. When the soil reaches 65 degrees, it rises over two weeks.
But in just three years, it’s upstate’s turn. And Benson calls on citizen scientists with better technology, as Blood XIX (19) makes a fuss in South Carolina (and other states) 13 years later.
“Even at that time (2011), mobile phones weren’t very good, and I went to all the sites with other researchers to check them out. Usually people are right, but sometimes they aren’t,” Benson said. Says.
In 2011 his the study Landed the discovery. “15% of the cicadas that come out of the ground don’t actually become adults,” he learned.
Who knows what 2024 will bring?
Rutherford already knows what to expect.
“It’s 24/7, it’s a constant ham,” Rutherford said.
But at least this time, we’re heading up with noise-cancelling AirPods.
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