Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years underground because, of course, it’s 2020

By Allen Kim | CNN

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with giant murder
hornets invading the US and a global pandemic, millions of 17-year
cicadas will emerge from the ground this year.

As many as 1.5 million cicadas per acre may emerge, and people
living in Southwest Virginia, parts of North Carolina and West
Virginia could witness this unique phenomenon,Virginia Tech
says in a news release.

Luckily, cicadas are harmless to humans. At most, the noise they
make could become a nuisance.

“Communities and farms with large numbers of cicadas emerging
at once may have a substantial noise issue,†said Eric Day,
Virginia Cooperative Extension entomologist in Virginia Tech’s
Department of Entomology.

“Hopefully, any annoyance at the disturbance is tempered by
just how infrequent — and amazing — this event is.â€

However, they are a danger to orchids, vines and trees due to
the egg-laying habits of its females.

“Cicadas can occur in overwhelming numbers and growers in
predicted areas of activity should be watchful,†said Doug
Pfeiffer, a professor and extension specialist in Virginia Tech’s
Department of Entomology.

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Cicadas are large, cleared-winged insects that occur either
annually or periodically. It’s a mystery as to why periodical
cicadas only emerge every 13 or 17 years, but it’s been theorized
that it’s to avoid syncing up with predator cycles.

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Millions of cicadas are expected to emerge after 17 years
underground because, of course, it’s 2020