This spring, after a 17-year hibernation, trillions of cicadas are expected to awaken, emerge from the ground, and take to the skies.
The Brood 10 cicada, not to be confused with the annually spotted green cicada, is one of 15 broods of cicada that periodically appear in the eastern United States. They are known for their orange stripes, patches of orange between their eyes, and black abdomens.
The cicadas are expected to appear for the first time since 2004 throughout a big chunk of our region, predicted to emerge in 15 states, including Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The 17-year-long hibernation is not done out of laziness, but out of strategy. After the bugs use that time to grow from “nymphs” and feed on roots and nutrients underground, they emerge in a large mass as a way to
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