W ant to experience one of America’s great natural wonders this spring? Trillions of cicadas will soon emerge from underground in 15 states over the coming weeks, as a massive colony of insects known as Brood X (or Brood 10, if you prefer) awakens from a 17-year-long hibernation.
“My expectation is that it’s going to be absolutely spectacular,” says Dr. Mike Raupp, Professor of Entomology at the University of Maryland. “I’m calling it a cicada-palooza.”
Raupp thinks it’s unfortunate that so many news outlets are billing this event as a scary, apocalyptic bug invasion. “It’s just a great opportunity to witness a natural phenomenon that’s only
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