After 17 years underground, periodical cicadas are emerging in 15 states. They sing. Mate. Then die. We hear the wonders of the period cicada.
From The Reading List
New York Times: "Billions of cicadas will soon erupt in a symphony of sound after 17 years of silence. I'll be there with my clarinet." — "It's happening again. The cicadas of Brood X are set to return this spring, 17 years after they burrowed underground."
Associated Press: "Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge" — "Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph."
The Atlantic: "The Biggest Party of 2021 Is About to Start" — "A lot can change in 17 years. The last time the cicadas were here, the virus behind the SARS outbreak had finally retreated. George W. Bush was campaigning for his second presidential term, and Myspace had commenced its meteoric rise."
Washington Post: "Opinion: The cicadas are coming. And they’re changing dramatically." — "In late May 2017, my husband and I were walking around the leafy suburbs west of D.C. The noise of the cicadas was deafening."
The Atlantic: "Cicadas Have an Existential Problem" — "When the cicadas of Brood X start to swarm the United States in their billions, try to look beyond their overwhelming numbers. Instead, focus on just one of them."
Washington Post: "Five myths about periodical cicadas" — "After spending 17 years underground, billions of periodical cicadas will emerge shortly to sing, mate, lay eggs and die. Americans on the East Coast will have the rare opportunity to witness this dramatic natural spectacle."
This program aired on May 7, 2021.