Cicadas Are About to Bombard the Midwest U.S.

Brood XIII, a brood of periodical cicadas which tunnels up from the ground every seventeen years in order to reproduce, is about to arrive. Within a month’s time, billions of the flying insects will emerge just long enough to molt, mate, and lay the eggs of the next generation. After that is accomplished, the cicadas all die.

Unfortunately, the mating call of the male cicada is quite loud. The sound of a single cicada can reach ninety decibels, which is as loud as a kitchen blender. Although the noise might be unbearable for a while, the adult cicada only lives for about thirty days, so the blaring brood will not be around for long.

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