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CICADAPOCOLYPSE: Billions of Red-Eyed Cicadas to Swarm Tri-State Area

Posted By Yuka Yoneda On April 10, 2013 @ 12:15 pm In Bronx,Brooklyn,Long Island,Manhattan,New Jersey,Queens,Staten Island,The Bronx | 1 Comment

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If you’re looking for yet another sign that the end is near, the media has been buzzing (pun-intended) with reports that billions of cicadas will be burrowing out of their underground holes [4] soon and swarming the East Coast of the United States. Okay, so “Cicadapocolypse” – what many entomologists [5] are calling the insects’ mass exodus from the ground – may be a bit sensational considering that the bugs would hardly hurt a fly, but the event likely will be painful to our ears. Some experts predict that the noise the cicadas emit could even be comparable to the sound of a New York City train [6].

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The gigantic batch of cicadas – called Brood II [8] by entomologists – is a specific type that hatches every 17 years on the East Coast. The mass hatching will take place from North Carolina to Connecticut, and is estimated to happen between mid-April to late May or when ground temperatures reach approximately 64 degrees (these bugs are an exacting bunch).

Brood II cicadas will have dark-colored bodies and bright red eyes [9]and while they aren’t at all harmful to humans, their sheer numbers may be a nuisance for those that don’t like seeing those empty brown cicada shells everywhere.

The swarms will also be emit a sound that will not be music to most people’s ears, so be prepared to deal with a bit of extra noise pollution for about 4-6 weeks [6]. But we won’t be hearing from the Brood IIs for a while after that, as the next hatching will take place in 2030.

Via HuffPo [4]


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[4] reports that billions of cicadas will be burrowing out of their underground holes: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/billions-of-cicadas-east-coast_n_3038412.html

[5] entomologists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomology

[6] sound of a New York City train: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/04/08/Billions-of-cicadas-to-swarm-East-Coast/9731365421755/

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[8] Brood II: http://www.cicadamania.com/cicadas/category/broods/brood-ii/

[9] dark-colored bodies and bright red eyes : http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/04/03/cicadas-to-invade-tri-state-area-for-month-long-stay/

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