It’s one of nature’s weirdest events, featuring sex, a race against death, evolution and what can sound like a bad science fiction movie soundtrack.
This year, trillions of cicadas will erupt from the soil across the eastern United States. The cicadas will sing, mate, lay eggs, and ultimately die en masse after a cacophonous insect bacchanal.
These noisy buggers belong to Brood X, which sounds ominous, but actually stands for the Roman numeral for 10. It’s one of the biggest and wide-ranging groups of periodical cicadas in the United States, which emerge from the ground after 13 and 17-year cycles. To get you ready for the coming swarm, we’ve curated some of the best articles about the fascinating–and surprisingly mysterious—science of cicadas.
The Brood X bonanza is almost here, and ecologists will have a lot of work—and bugs—on their hands.
Researchers across the sciences are studying these creatures to answer big human challenges.
Cicadas are eaten in many other cultures. They have also historically been a food source for some Native American tribes.