Return of the Cicadas!
What a video! I’m pretty sure there will be only two reactions: “F-ing gross!!” or “F-ing cool!!”
With soil temperatures along the East Coast now above the mid-60’s, the Brood II cicadas are up and chirping! Check out WNYC/Radiolab’s real-time Cicada Tracker map to see where they have been observed:
The video above is a jaw-droppingly superb look at the rise of the magicicada from its underground lair, their mass ascent to the trees, their monstrous metamorphosis into adults, and their brief mission to avoid being eaten and reproduce.
More cicada stuff:
- Why do these periodic cicadas only pop up ever 13 or 17 years (depending ont he exact brood)? I was a guest on New Hampshire public radio to talk about the evolutionary advantage of prime numbers and enormous populations.
- Illustrated cicada emergence in GIF form!
- Time-lapse video of a Brood XIX cicada emerging
If any of you on the East Coast have photos or video of abandoned shells, climbing juveniles, or chirping adults, I’d love to see them! Tweet me or email them to itsokaytobesmart at gmail dot com.
Has it really been 13 years already?—
the amount of followers you have is how old you are
the person you reblog this from is your companion
your icon is what your current regeneration looks like
your job (or one of your parent’s jobs) is your timelord name
so i’m either the Teacher or the Hot Tub Repairman
The Controller sounds way cooler than the retired retirement store shop owner/electrical engineer/ambulance driver