Sunday, 28 May 2017

17-Year Cicadas Emerge Four Years Early

quote [ Scientists were expecting to see Brood VI bugs in South Carolina and Georgia, which happened, but they got a surprise when Brood X cicadas also started appearing in North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Ohio and Indiana last week—four years earlier than anticipated. ]
[SFW] [science & technology] [+6 Interesting]
[by Bleb@10:00pmGMT]


mechavolt said[1] @ 11:19pm GMT on 28th May [Score:2]
This is normal. Portions of 17-year broods sometimes switch to a 13-year cycle, supposedly in an instinctive effort to diversify the brood. That said, they're fucking gross, especially the dead ones all over the sidewalk.
sanepride said @ 12:16am GMT on 29th May
Seems to be a bit of a debate whether this is normal or not. I'm in a brood X zone, in my lifetime I've seen three emergences. Obviously my own experience is anecdotal, but I've never seen an off-year emergence like what's happening now.
But of course I realize that when we're talking about a creature with a 17-year cycle, 'sometimes' might mean just once or twice a century.
That said, I kind of like 'em, and our dog's having a once-in-a-dog's lifetime feast on the little bastards.
Fish said @ 11:45pm GMT on 29th May [Score:-1 Boring]
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steele said @ 10:04pm GMT on 28th May [Score:1 Insightful]
arrowhen said @ 10:07pm GMT on 28th May [Score:1 Funny]
You know it probably started with just one cicada trying to suck up to the boss, and then all the other cicadas were like, "Goddammit, Steve! Now we have to come in early too..."
endopol said @ 11:00pm GMT on 28th May
Well, it's now or never, amirite?
Menchi said @ 12:17am GMT on 29th May
youchoose said @ 12:32am GMT on 29th May
They are all over at our house. Dog is also having a field day.

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