Starting now and extending through the summer, billions of cicadas will emerge in the Tri-State area. "There could be as many as one billion cicadas emerging per square mile,” Michael Raupp, a professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland, told 1010 WINS News. And they have started emerging, being spotted today in Staten Island.
Cicadas are large insects with wide eyes, short antennae, and transparent wings. They are unique in that they are the longest-living insects known, spending 17 years maturing underground attached to tree roots. Once they emerge from the ground, they only live a few weeks. But their sound belies their short lifespan. Male cicadas chorus together while looking for mates, creating a shivering sound that can be heard for miles. The sound has been measured at 100 decibels, similar to the noise created by a subway train.
Different species of cicadas emerge every 17 years. The current species, known as Brood No. 2, is one of the largest known species. Last time these cicadas emerged in the New York area was in 1996-but this time their numbers are predicted to be much larger.
So if you live in the Tri-state area, get ready to meet, greet, (and hear) these critters!Read More