Here. They. Come. Billions of "Brood X" cicadas are starting to emerge after a 17 year incubation. They're coming earlier than expected due to warmer temperatures. If I was buried for 17 years you bet I'd be hungry and probably in a pretty bad mood. Atlantic City is already seeing these creepy little suckers. They've also popped in Newark, about 15 days earlier than expected.
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Cicadas typically emerge when the ground temperature gets to 64°F degrees. Steady rain helps the process move along. Some places with Brood X cicada concentrations have already reached that temperature threshold and that means it's game time. Should I hold off mowing the lawn? I mean I'm not looking to be the grim reaper or anything.
Does anyone else think it is insane that they all somehow communicate and rise up though the ground at the same time? I mean do they have a special language or signal? Anything that organized shouldn't be sucked up by my lawn mower right? They also live longer than any insect on earth. That has to be worth something. If you think about it though, it really is a kick in the pants...these guys live under ground for 17 years being patient...then it's their time to shine. The synchronized emergence is a true marvel. The cicada has survived as a species for 1.8 million years. They just stay under ground, snack on tree routes for 17 years then they emerge, mate and kick the bucket about four weeks later. If there is one thing I don't want to some back as, its a cicada.
Experts say that Brood X, or Great Eastern Brood cicadas, are expected to emerge in the billions...BILLIONS!
The cicadas are completely harmless to humans, but they do make themselves knows with a loud singing. I wonder if they sing the blues?
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