Friday, November 28, 2014   |   3,870 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
'Black seadevil' filmed for the first time
Posted 11-24-2014 | 27 comments
A rare and elusive species of deep-sea fish has been captured on camera off the coast of California....
 
Eagle with a camera films London from above
Posted 11-20-2014 | 7 comments
Breathtaking aerial footage of the London skyline was recorded by an eagle as it soared overhead....
 
'Unicorn' roe deer discovered in Slovenia
Posted 11-17-2014 | 17 comments
The animal was found to have a rare deformity that resulted in a single unicorn-like antler....
 
Swarms of ladybirds invade Romanian town
Posted 11-12-2014 | 14 comments
Local residents have been forced to seal up their homes to keep out tens of thousands of the red insects....
 
Catatumbo Lightning enters the record books
Posted 11-11-2014 | 5 comments
A region at the mouth of a river in Venezuela sees more lightning strikes than anywhere else on Earth....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.6 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2014
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ