From Charlotte to Hartford, East Coast residents will soon receive some seriously noisy visitors: billions of periodical cicadas that will emerge from the ground to mate.
Periodical cicadas are different from the annual cicadas seen and heard on the East Coast every year. Periodical cicadas spend most of their lives underground, feeding on xylem fluids from roots of deciduous trees. Then, once every 13 or 17 years, they emerge, spend four to six weeks in a furious mating process and die.
In total, there are 12 groups (or broods) of periodical cicadas. This year, Brood II cicadas are scheduled to emerge as soon as the ground warms to 64 degrees. It will be the first time since 1996 that residents from North Carolina to Connecticut have seen the bugs.
Cicadas are so noisy due to the loud chirping noise the males make to attract their mates. With sometimes millions of cicadas per acre, it’s easy to see why many East Coast residents are not looking forward to the cicadas’ return.
For a look at what you can expect, watch the video below.