Entries in Cicadas (2)


Not Near the Cicadas? Watch Them on Live Cicada Cam 

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- If you live on the East Coast you’ve started to witness the invasion. Their shells have started to cover the ground and their high-pitched buzzing has begun to fill the air. They’re Cicadas, and the bugs have begun to emerge for the first time in 17 summers.

But if you’re not in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Virginia or one of the other East Coast states that will be home to the insects this summer, you can still see them. And not just in some photos.

The Science Channel has launched a "Cicada Cam," which will live stream a group of the soft-shelled bugs through Monday evening. According to The Los Angeles Times, the channel launched the stream to promote the channel’s Swarm Chasers and Cicada Invaders 2013 shows, which premiered on Sunday night. Nevertheless, you can see the bugs crawl around a terrarium that’s been decorated with a Capitol building model.

According to National Geographic, the species spends much of their early life underground. When they emerge after two to 17 years, they latch on to trees and within a week they shed their nymph exoskeleton. Without the skin, they have stronger wings and the male cicada make the loud, noisy sounds to woo the female cicadas. And then the cycle begins again.

There are more than 1,500 Cicada species; it’s Magicicada septendecim species that arrive every 17 years.

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Cicadas Back in South After 13 Years

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- They're noisy. And can be a nuisance. But for the most part they are harmless. Thankfully, they only come out every 13 or 17 years.

The dreaded cicadas have emerged in middle Tennessee this week. Brood XIX to be exact. This particular brood is of the 13-year variety, as are most of the cicadas in the South. Around cities like Nashville, the cicadas are being spotted emerging from their eggs, clinging to trees and flying around. And soon the air will be filled with an almost deafening, high-pitched shrill as the males sound their mating call.

"It's not something to fear, it's actually an exciting thing to see," said Dr. Frank Hale, an entomologist with the University of Tennessee agricultural extension service.

Hale has been studying insects for more than 30 years. He sees this emergence as a teaching opportunity, because there are a few misconceptions about cicadas.

They do not bite or sting. And they are not attracted to humans, despite the fact that they may fly into you as they are buzzing around. There are two different cicada cycles; a 13-year cycle and a 17-year cycle. Cicadas of the latter variety are generally found in the northern United States. The time from emergence to death is approximately four to five weeks. After that the cicadas die en masse. It's not uncommon to find hundreds of dead cicadas piled up under trees in early June.

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