May 2, 2016
Here Come Cicadas!
Noisy bugs called cicadas are set to blanket the Northeastern U.S. next month.
In May, billions of insects called cicadas are expected to swarm the Northeastern U.S. The grasshopper-like, red-eyed bugs with black-and-orange bodies have spent the past 17 years underground. They’ll emerge for about a month to reproduce before dying off. During that time, people living in the area might want to buy some earplugs because cicadas are known for making quite a racket.
Male cicadas use vibrating membranes, called timbals, on their abdomens to produce a loud buzz that attracts females. Though the noise might be appealing to cicadas, many people say the sound resembles a chorus of chainsaws...