Billions of bugs to erupt from underground lair for
the first time in 17 years
BILLIONS of love-lorn cicadas are set to awaken from a 17-year slumber
to infest East Coast of the US with a buzzing racket that compares in magnitude to the sound of a New York subway train.
In one of nature’s great mysteries, the bugs are expected to invade en masse along the East Coast this spring for about a month before disappearing again until 2030.
Cicadas appear every year on the East Coast, in the South, and in the Midwest United States, but the yearly cicada numbers pale in comparison to the huge influx of 17-year cycle insects.
Although the bugs are harmless to both trees and humans, experts have warned they will prove a nuisance because of the deafening sound they produce.
“It’ll be noisy. There’s no getting around the noise,” said Craig Gibbs, an entomologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo.
“That’s just the males looking for females,” he said.
“What’s noisy to a human is the sound of love to another cicada.”
The coming bug storm shouldn’t prompt fear, according to experts. What’s noisy to a human is the sound of love to another cicada
The cicadas will climb out of the earth when soil temperatures reach 64 degrees. “The specific thing about these 17-year cicadas is they are going to be a very dark colored body. They have really bright red eyes, and they also have bright red wing veins,” Gibbs told CBS.
These insects spend nearly their entire lives underground, feeding off the roots of trees. They go through five stages before reappearing above ground from New England to North Carolina.
“What will happen is the nymphs will come up and they will shed their nymphal skin and they’ll crawl up into the trees and they’ll take about five days to harden and then they’ll start for next four to six weeks calling and looking for mates,” said Gibbs.
This year the invasion is forecast sometime between mid-April and late May, at which point residents will be bombarded with millions of cicadas per square mile.
The exact time of the invasion is unknown, but the ground has to be 64 degrees before they appear, Gibbs warned.
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Revelations Chapter 9
The Fifth Trumpet.*
Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star* that had fallen from the sky to the earth. It was given the key for the passage to the abyss.
It opened the passage to the abyss,a and smoke came up out of the passage like smoke from a huge furnace. The sun and the air were darkened by the smoke from the passage.b
Locusts came out of the smoke onto the land, and they were given the same power as scorpions* of the earth.c
They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or any tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
They were not allowed to kill them but only to torment them for five months;* the torment they inflicted was like that of a scorpion when it stings a person.
During that time these people will seek death but will not find it, and they will long to die but death will escape them.d
… The sound of their wings was like the sound of many horse-drawn chariots racing into battle.
They had tails like scorpions, with stingers; with their tails they had power to harm people for five months.
They had as their king the angel of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon* and in Greek Apollyon.
The first woe has passed, but there are two more to come.