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The Cicadas are Coming (to the Northeast)

When I think childhood summers, I remember long days, sno-cones, playing outside, and that the ever-present hum of cicadas. Their wing-beating buzz was, and is, the ambient soundtrack to warmer months. 

The northeastern US is about to get a visit from a very special bunch of these sporadic summer visitors. Certain groups of cicadas only rise to the surface to breed every 17 years, littering the ground with their exoskeletons and bodies, and the air with their constant call.

When the soil temperature begins to steady in the mid-60’s, “Brood II” magicicada nymphs will hatch underground and crawl to the surface by the billions, and the air from Georgia to Connecticut will start to come to life. While not every cicada species hatches in 17-year patterns, these particular “broods” may follow the pattern to avoid predators predicting their arrival or to keep from going extinct during long periods of cold weather. For many of you, this may be the first time in your life that this group has hatched.

Most of all, get out there this summer and just stop. Listen, look and take a moment to appreciate just how much life is lurking under and above us at any moment. 

And watch where you step. Crunch.

The Cicadas are Coming!!!

The cicadas are coming, I repeat the cicadas are coming! This spring. To the east coast. BILLIONS of these guys….

You’ve probably heard them at one point or another in trees buzzing in warm and tropical areas. While there are many species of cicadas, the largest family are called magicicadas and they only come out from underground every 17 years and when they do… I hear you can’t miss them!

There’s several websites already predicting their appearances and paths based on previous years, but since these guys only emerge every 17 years, any area on the east coast is fair game. There’s even a website that teaches you how to make your own tracker, with events happening all over NYC!

For once, I am semi-happy that New York is still on the colder end of spring because they say as soon as the grounds hit 64 degrees 8 inches down, the cicadas start to come out! I’m also hoping that since we are on the northern end of the track we might get spared? Sorry friends down south in North Carolina and Georgia… According to reports, their mating season usually lasts 4-6 weeks and the billions of new bugs have been compared to producing sounds as loud as New York’s subway cars. Over-dramatized? Maybe? I guess only time will tell what this year’s Swarmageddon will bring!

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East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

http://earthchangesmedia.com/east-about-to-be-overrun-by-billions-of-cicadas

Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. The insects will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.
Scientists even have…

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Magicadas!! Just a few weeks above ground every 13 or 17 years!! Periodical cicadas have red eyes and a black body with orange markings. Male cicadas are the singers. #Magicicadas #Cicadas #Izayah #Allcreatures #Alive #Mens #Gentlemen #Wild #Creatures #Nature #Bohemian #RedEyes #Bizarre #Parkville #izayahjeffrey #green #dharma #karma #prana #midwestheart #spirit #healingarts #permaculture #creepycrawlies by izayahjeffrey https://instagram.com/p/3F_SdzhcbB/

Magicadas!! Just a few weeks above ground every 13 or 17 years!! Periodical cicadas have red eyes and a black body with orange markings.
Male cicadas are the singers.
#Magicicadas #Cicadas #Izayah
#Allcreatures #Alive #Mens #Gentlemen #Wild #Creatures #Nature #Bohemian #RedEyes #Bizarre #Parkville #izayahjeffrey #green #dharma #karma #prana #midwestheart #spirit #healingarts #permaculture #creepycrawlies by izayahjeffrey https://instagram.com/p/3GAZmABccT/

Magicadas!! Just a few weeks above ground every 13 or 17 years!! Periodical cicadas have red eyes and a black body with orange markings.
Male cicadas are the singers.
#Magicicadas #Cicadas #Izayah
#Allcreatures #Alive #Mens #Gentlemen #Wild #Creatures #Nature #Bohemian #RedEyes #Bizarre #Parkville #izayahjeffrey #green #dharma #karma #prana #midwestheart #spirit #healingarts #permaculture #extraterresterial by izayahjeffrey https://instagram.com/p/3F-YJnBcaD/

Magicadas!! Just a few weeks above ground every 13 or 17 years!! Periodical cicadas have red eyes and a black body with orange markings.
Male cicadas are the singers.
#Magicicadas #Cicadas #Izayah
#Allcreatures #Alive #Mens #Gentlemen #Wild #Creatures #Nature #Bohemian #RedEyes #Bizarre #Parkville #izayahjeffrey #green #dharma #karma #prana #midwestheart #spirit #healingarts #permaculture by izayahjeffrey https://instagram.com/p/3F9cPdhcYx/