After 17 years of "hiding" ... billions of rare insects are preparing to invade US states

Many American cities are preparing for the emergence of billions of cicadas, in a rare natural phenomenon, after spending years growing in complete darkness completely simultaneously.
According to a report by NBC News, it was 17 years before the cicadas known as Brood X returned, and since then, those underground insects have been eating and growing.
It is expected that billions of flying insects will appear, starting in late April or early May, once the ground is warm enough, across 12 US states, from Illinois in the west, Georgia in the south, to New York in the northeast.
Many American cities are preparing for the emergence of billions of cicadas, in a rare natural phenomenon, after spending years growing in complete darkness completely simultaneously.
According to a report by NBC News, it was 17 years before the cicadas known as Brood X returned, and since then, those underground insects have been eating and growing.
It is expected that billions of flying insects will appear, starting in late April or early May, once the ground is warm enough, across 12 US states, from Illinois in the west, Georgia in the south, to New York in the northeast.
Young cicadas, called "nymphs", make their way out of the earth, sloughing off their skins and turning into adult insects, and they will only have a few weeks to mate, to start the 17-year cycle again.
There are six species of rotating cicadas in North America, all of them in the genus Maggi-cicadas; Three species live in a cycle of 13 years, and three species for 17 years.
Matt Casson, an assistant professor at West Virginia University, who studies cicadas and the fungi that attack them, says:
"She is in the dark, feeding on roots, and living the best time of her life until the time is right, and that is when she decides that it is time to go up and find a partner."
The upcoming appearance this year includes a group of three species that span 17 years and have been named Brood X, because they were the tenth in an arbitrary naming system designed by entomologist Charles Lester Marlatt in 1898.
After 17 years of "hiding" ... billions of rare insects are preparing to invade US states After 17 years of "hiding" ... billions of rare insects are preparing to invade US states Reviewed by bsm on March 21, 2021 Rating: 5

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