Monday, May 20, 2024

Trillions emerging from soil in 17-year cicadan rhythm

Entomologist Michael Raupp has a colourful description of a remarkable feat occurring in nature this week, as CBC reports: “You’ve got a creature that spends 17 years in a COVID-like existence, isolated underground sucking on plant sap, right? In the 17th year, these teenagers are going to come out of the earth by the billions if not trillions. They’re going to try to best everything on the planet that wants to eat them during this critical period of the nighttime when they’re just trying to grow up, they’re just trying to be adults, shed that skin, get their wings, go up into the treetops, escape their predators. Once in the treetops, hey, it’s all going to be about romance. It’s only the males that sing. It’s going to be a big boy band up there as the males try to woo those females…. They’re going to have some wild sex in the treetop. Then she’s going to move out to the small branches, lay their eggs…. Six weeks later the tiny nymphs are going to tumble 80 feet from the treetops, bounce twice, burrow down into the soil, go back underground for another 17 years. This is one of the craziest life cycles of any creature on the planet.”

 

https://www.cbc.ca/news/science/cicadas-brood-x-1.6014406

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