As temperatures warm, billions of cicadas will begin to emerge from the ground as their internal clocks hit the 17-year mark. Soon, their numbers will swell in locations in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and West Virginia.
The bugs will be so numerous that their density can hit 1.5 million critters per acre.
The black and orange bugs won’t emerge until the soil hits 64 degrees. After breeding the females lay their eggs, nymphs that hatch from them eventually make their way underground where, like their parents, they will stay for another 17 years.
The cicadas in this 17 year group are called Brood V, and are actually comprised of three different species.
Other cicada species follow a 13 year cycle, or an annual cycle.
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