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Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph. And then another. And another. And four more. In maybe a third of a square foot of dirt, the University of Maryland entomologists find at least seven cicadas —…

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Trillions Of Cicadas Are Coming To The US.

Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

ByDouglas MainPhotographs ByDarlyne MurawskiPublished May 3, 2021• 9 min readIn the late spring of 1634, pilgrims in Massachusetts witnessed an incredible sight: Millions and millions of winged, red-eyed insects sprung from the earth. Not knowing better, the Puritan immigrants likened them to pestilential swarms from the Old Testament and called them “locusts.”But they were wrong.…

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Brood X Cicadas Could Cause a Bird Baby Boom

This spring’s emergence of periodical cicadas in the eastern U.S. will make more than a buzz. Their bodies—which will number in the billions—will also create an unparalleled food fest for legions of small would-be predators, including many birds and mammals. But some animals may benefit more than others, and any boost predator populations get from…

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The way to Get Rid of Cicadas When the Brood Arrives

Photo: DimaSid (Shutterstock)Remember when 2021 was the year things were supposed to get better? Well, sorry, people who live in a handful of eastern states—the cicadas are coming. If you’ve tortured yourself by doing images searches for the insects, then you already know that they’re not easy on the eyes. But are they dangerous? Either…

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Noisy Cicadas Are Emerging Earlier

States along the East Coast are preparing for a rare and spectacular natural phenomenon. As spring sets in and the soil warms, the ground will erupt as billions of cicadas burst from the earth. It’s an event nearly two decades in the making. Known as Brood X, this massive swarm has been biding its time…

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Billions of cicadas set to invade the US for first time in 17 years

Prepare yourself for a lot of buzzing.