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Millions of cicadas to emerge in parts of US this year

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Starting this summer across parts of United States, cicadas will emerge from their 17 years underground to engage in a two-week fest of calling, mating, laying eggs and then dying.

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The insects are expected to swarm out in parts of two US States: Virginia and North Carolina.

The last time this brood of cicadas emerged was in 2003 and 2004, though some areas saw the emergence of a different brood in 2013.

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Periodical cicadas have the longest lifespan of any insects found on earth. They live in soil and feed on roots, coming out once in 13 or 17-year gaps. This year's Brood IX will be coming out of the ground after 17 years to mate.

While the lenghty cycle of these insects still remains a mystery, entomologists believe the huge gap could a way to avoid meeting predators.

 

Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/science/story/ground-wapsi-15-lakh-noisy-cicadas-to-emerge-in-us-states-after-17-year-long-wait-1681753-2020-05-25

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RAMROD

I like them, they sounds nice. Nature's ASMR tbh.

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RAMROD

Found video of the past ones btw. By Sir Attenborough, no less. :applause:

 

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Maleficent

ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew kill it. kill it with fire 

Well well
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Economy

They come out only every 17 years :duck:

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Economy
1 minute ago, Maleficent said:

ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew kill it. kill it with fire 

Me with spiders and centipedes 

 

flame thrower kill it with fire GIF

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Adarsh
2 minutes ago, Maleficent said:

ew ew ew ew ew ew ew ew kill it. kill it with fire 

No :triggered:

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Maleficent
Just now, Economy said:

Me with spiders and centipedes 

 

flame thrower kill it with fire GIF

i actually love spiders and let them roam free (i'll just pick it up and put it outside)...but cockroaches and such make me want to peel off my skin 

Well well

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LaLa
8 minutes ago, RAMROD said:

I like them, they sounds nice. Nature's ASMR tbh.

Same! I love hearing them in the late summer, such a nostalgic sound

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Rifek

Nature is so fascinating :giveup:

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calmar

Thank goodness I'm not in a part of the country where this'll be happening. I've been lucky in avoiding the cicada broods thus far.

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Pennywise
15 minutes ago, Maleficent said:

i actually love spiders and let them roam free (i'll just pick it up and put it outside)...but cockroaches and such make me want to peel off my skin 

what do YOU MEAN YOU JUST PICK THEM UP :air:

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BlueHoneymoon

I was in 1st grade 17 years ago :billie: I remember them on the playground and during recess we would catch them.

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15 minutes ago, Maleficent said:

i actually love spiders and let them roam free (i'll just pick it up and put it outside)...but cockroaches and such make me want to peel off my skin 

I'm worse with centipedes than spiders tho

 

Spiders if they are not overly huge and thick they don't totally terrify me (although I still don't like them)

 

But centipedes literally make me freeze and almost crap my pants :deadbanana:

 

I can at least kill most spiders with a mild to moderate degree of anxiety. Centipedes on the otherhand I have to get my parents to kill them (cuz my brothers and sisters won't either) :enigma:

 

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Maleficent
1 minute ago, Pennywise said:

what do YOU MEAN YOU JUST PICK THEM UP :air:

theyre usually harmless, i've never been bitten. i've always found spiders cute (not tarantulas tho, theyre gnarly). I love little furry spiders with their big eyes and stubby little front legs

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