Nature definitely always has something to amaze us. In fact, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in the United States, the country will also have to face an invasion of cicadas .
For information, these little beasts were last seen in 2004 on the east coast of the country, but apparently they decided to wake up after maturing underground for 17 years . While these insects do not specifically harm humans, they are known to cause a lot of disturbance due to the shrill sounds they make.
On the east coast of the United States and surrounding areas, billions of cicadas are therefore about to emerge from the ground and take flight for the first time to explore the world. And as this 17-year-old brood took its time before coming out, we expect a real invasion across the Atlantic.
Cicadas: particularly surprising insects
Once out of the ground, cicada nymphs invade trees where they will metamorphose into their adult form and then fly in search of a mate to mate.
It is precisely during the mating process that cicadas emit these particularly loud sounds . But once they get to this stage, the days of the cicadas are numbered and they die once they lay new eggs. The juveniles that emerge will then stay underground for the next 17 years until the cycle begins again.
At least 15 states on the east coast will soon face the cicadas
According to specialists, there are more than a dozen specific broods in the United States, some are 17-year broods, while others have 13-year cycles. The range of these broods may therefore overlap in some states, which suggests that some areas will soon witness a large “boom” in cicada brood, compared to others.
So this invasion of cicadas is expected to affect at least 15 states along the east coast of the United States, and it may extend further west to the Illinois side.
In the list of states that will be affected, we find Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio , Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, DC, and further afield if conditions are favorable.