Monday, March 30, 2015   |   6,297 users online
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos  ·  Chat
Find: in

Billions of 17-year bugs to erupt from ground


Posted on Thursday, 11 April, 2013 | Comment icon  comments | News tip by: seeder


Image credit: CC 3.0 Ettore Balocchi

 
In an unusual event, billions of cicadas are due to awaken en-masse along American's East Coast.

The slumbering insects sleep for a period of 17 years before emerging in their billions for just one month for the purpose of finding a mate. While the cicadas don't pose a threat to humans it is expected that they will still cause quite a disturbance. "It'll be noisy. There's no getting around the noise," said entomologist Craig Gibbs. "That's just the males looking for females. What's noisy to a human is the sound of love to another cicada."

This particular species of cicada is one of nature's own mysteries, living almost its entire life underground and emerging for only a short time. The exact time and date of this year's emergence is unknown however it usually takes place between April and May when the temperature and conditions are just right.

"Billions of love-lorn cicadas are set to awaken from a 17-year slumber to infest East Coast of the US with a buzzing racket that compares in magnitude to the sound of a New York subway train."

  View: Full article |  Source: Daily Express

  Discuss: View comments ()

   


 
Recent comments on this story




Please Login or Register to post a comment.




Other news in this category
Shape-shifting frog mimics its surroundings
Posted 3-25-2015 | 10 comments
Found in the Ecuadorian Andes, the unique species is able to perfectly blend in with almost anything....
 
Bullet ant has world's most painful sting
Posted 3-15-2015 | 20 comments
The South American insect measures 2.5cm long and delivers an agonizing bite that hurts for up to a day....
 
Wild giant panda population is on the rise
Posted 2-28-2015 | 11 comments
A new census has revealed that the number of giant pandas living in the wild has risen by 17 percent....
 
Limpets possess world's strongest teeth
Posted 2-18-2015 | 12 comments
Limpet teeth are the strongest biological material known to exist anywhere in the world....
 
Dogs able to read happy or angry expressions
Posted 2-13-2015 | 29 comments
A new study has confirmed that dogs are adept at reading the emotions of their human owners....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ