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Is a Rare Cicadapocalypse in the Cards This Spring?

2 months ago
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Billions of cicadas are predicted to emerge this spring in an event that has already earned the nickname of the great cicadapocalypse. While cicadas come out of the ground every year at this time singing their unique and often annoying cicadas sound, this year's invasion is a rare event that will not happen again until the year 2245.

What makes this year so unique? Read on for the details.

Locusts vs Cicadas

Locusts and cicadas are both insects that belong to the order Hemiptera, but they differ significantly in their behavior, appearance, and life cycles.

Locusts are known for their swarming behavior, where they gather in large groups and migrate over long distances, causing devastating crop damage along their path.

However, cicadas are known for their distinctive buzzing sound, produced by males to attract mates. While both insects undergo metamorphosis, locusts have a short lifespan and typically live for only a few months, whereas cicadas have a much longer life cycle, spending years underground as nymphs before emerging as adults to mate and lay eggs.

Additionally, locusts have powerful chewing mouthparts and feed primarily on vegetation, while cicadas have piercing-sucking mouthparts and feed on sap from trees and plants.



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