Last month, we wrote a story on Circadas, telling you of their coming this year.
Well they have arrived and will continue to do so over the next few weeks. They are emerging in the central US States.... Broods have already been reported an area that spans from upper mid Texas, Mid Kansas, Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa all the way to upper-central Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Deleware, New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania, with broods expected to emerge in N & S Carolinas, and Virginia too.
Many are planning viewing trips as this won't happen again for another 17 years!
Once they make it to the surface, they shed their original bodies and emerge with wings and will only be alive for 6 weeks’.....
1 - 17yr Cicadas have many different color eyes. Most 17yr Cicadas have red eyes, while others could have white, grey, blue or even 2 tone color eyes.
2 - Cicadas suffer with STD's. The STD's are transferred to other Cicadas with mating. The massive Massospora fungus infects Cicadas by filing their abdomen to the point where their whole abdomen will completely fall off. This will then prevent the Cicadas ability to reproduce.
3 - If you want to get close and personal with Cicadas the go mow your lawn. The sound of the lawn mower tricks the Cicada into thinking the noise coming from the engine are other Cicadas. Although if you ever heard a Cicada you know they sound nothing like a lawn mower. So I don't know why they flock to the sound.
4 - Cicadas are very nutritional and are eaten by humans world wide. If your interested in experiencing the delicious taste of Cicada go have yourself some....I don't know...Cicada Gumbo or Cicada Soup. If you live in VA you can get your hand on Cicada Crunch ice cream made with real 17yr Cicadas. YUMMY !??!
5 - Not all Cicadas make sound. ONLY males can cake that iconic sound we all know and love. I'm not saying females Cicadas are mute but the female Cicadas make noises by flicking their wings to respond to the males. Which sounds very similar to a cricket.
Here is a Bonus...
6 - There is roughly 1 Cicada for every Human. As of 2021 there are approximately 7,900,000,000 (7.9) Billion people on this planet. And yes there are about 7.9 Billion Cicadas sharing the planet with us.