In case you haven’t heard yet, the cicadas are coming this year. In the next few months you will be hearing about the impending emergence of the 17 year cicada, mistakenly called 17 year locusts. If you don’t remember the last outbreak, or if you are new to the east coast, you need to know a few facts about this periodic phenomenon.
Cicadas are large, plant-feeding insects. They have clear wings and are known for making a very loud noise. When tens of thousands of cicadas are singing at the same time the sound is quite loud and annoying. Be prepared for about 2 to 4 weeks of this sound beginning in May.
This fascinating streaming video is a mini-documentary detailing the life cycle of the amazing 17-year cicada. It includes some nice music, too [5:48].