Get Some Earplugs; The Cicadas Are Coming
After 17 years underground, cicadas are about to emerge and make a racket in Ohio, West Virginia and neighboring states.By Ethan Weston | April 16, 2016
It's that time again. Soon they will be upon us. Cicadas — 17-year cicadas, to be exact.
Parts of the U.S. can expect to see, and hear, these insects sometime next month when they rise from the ground to mate.
And that's all that they're here to do. They've spent the rest of their life underground — all 17 years of it. The adults, the ones that make all the noise, only live above ground for about six weeks. In some places, there could be as many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre.