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Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by TheCalculator: 2:41pm On May 30
Wooded areas up and down the US East Coast are breaking into a deafening buzz to mark the arrival of the vast horde of insects

After 17 years spent alone underground billions of red-eyed cicadas are now emerging in a stunning natural display.

Wooded areas up and down the US East Coast are breaking into a deafening buzz to mark the arrival of the vast horde of insects.

Their goal following the years spent underground is to find a partner, to breed and then to die.

On emerging, the insects blanket the trees and ground, with the males filling the air with buzzing and whistling to attract females.

But that sound also brings tourists and scientists to study this rare event.

With air temperatures and surface soils warming from climate change, scientists are also keen to learn how the creatures are responding.

Temperatures affect when cicadas emerge and their underground growth. Scientists saw large numbers of 17-year cicadas surface years ahead of schedule in 2017, which entomologists suspect could be related to global warming.

"The biggest questions are: Is climate change changing their life cycles? And then, how does it change them?" said Chris Simon, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Connecticut who has studied the insects for more than three decades.

Along with her husband, Simon has spent most of May driving around the U.S. East Coast, chasing online reports of this year's brood emerging in order to map out the precise range.

Her husband, oceanographer Stephen Chiswell, often partners with her during cicada trips and has published with her on the topic.

The 17-year cicadas emerging this year make up Brood X, one of the largest periodical cicada broods.

Other periodical cicada broods show up every 13 or 17 years in other regions of the country, and still other cicadas emerge annually.

Simon has coordinated with other scientists to map their full range and has kept to smaller, country roads where traffic will not drown out the cicadas' sound, particularly that of the most common -- and quieter -- species, Magicicada Septendecim.

"It's kind of a lower pitch, more mellow, and you can't really hear it when you're on a highway," Simon said.

The cicadas are the offspring of insects that emerged in 2004. After cicadas pair and mate, the female carves grooves into a tree, where she lays hundreds of rice-shaped eggs.

Soon after the eggs hatch, the larvae fall to the ground and burrow into the earth.

They dig out solitary chambers and begin growing as they feed on tree sap until it is time to re-emerge and repeat the cycle.

Some insects pop up four years too early or late. That has led Simon and other scientists to suspect the insects somehow track when four years have gone by -- a mechanism that could be disrupted by climate change.

In some areas in recent decades, early groups are getting bigger and surviving longer. The early Brood X cicadas in 2017 showed up in larger numbers than ever recorded.

"We think the big swings in climate contributed to the evolution of the seven species that we have now," said John Lill, a cicada researcher and chair of George Washington University's biology department.

There is clear evidence that cicadas were pushed south during the last glaciation event, he said, then expanded their ranges northward again as the Earth warmed.

But today's rapid temperature shifts are "totally different" than the gradual climate shifts of the past, he added.
Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/trillions-red-eyed-cicadas-rise-24202169

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by LordIsaac(m): 3:25pm On May 30
Breed and die grin

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by blizard44: 3:42pm On May 30
No much difference between us.
We are all in the same race.

Benz .
Ikoyi Mansion.
Ewa Agoyin.
Jollof Rice & Nike Sneakers o sad

After a few years, we sign out.

It's the order of things.

What I don't know is if we can go and come back.

Like reincarnate. grin

E for sweet.

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by PlaysNigeria: 3:48pm On May 30
blizard44:
No much difference.
We are all in the same race.

Benz .
Ikoyi Mansion.
Ewa Agoyin.
Jollof Rice and Nike Sneakers o.

After a few years, we sign out.

It's the order of things.

What I don't know is if we can go and come back. Like reincarnate. grin


cheesy everyone love Nike Sneakers

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by blizard44: 3:55pm On May 30
PlaysNigeria:


cheesy everyone love Nike Sneakers

Same way all Cicadas love solitary chambers and sap grin

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Righteousness2(m): 4:20pm On May 30
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!

In these times that the Church is about to be taken away in the Rapture,the Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues of Disaster that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites.

Listen Folks! Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by chatinent(m): 4:30pm On May 30
Ok o

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by sunshineV: 4:51pm On May 30
this life, nothing last forever even jesus came and dem kpai am

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Twelfthman: 4:54pm On May 30
...
Awesome!
Absolutely!
This red eye insects I have never seen but insects are one of my favorites because I admire them for their dedication and hard work.
Humans have a lot of lesson to learn from insects

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by networkgenuis: 5:22pm On May 30
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

Your posts dey always make me laugh. No offense.

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by SegFault: 5:51pm On May 30
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!
You are too stupid for words, you no read the post you just jump vroom type nonsense.

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by luminouz(m): 8:52pm On May 30
Are they tasty and crunchy like termites

Wanna add some protein to my diet.. cheesy

Buharinomics is a mudafucker kiss

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Onyenna(m): 9:09pm On May 30
Wow

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by thundafire: 9:18pm On May 30
Breed like northerners

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Kingsuave(m): 9:19pm On May 30
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

See mumu grin

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by rex444(m): 9:32pm On May 30
Shey Las Las na die we dey
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by IhateMyDad: 9:34pm On May 30
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

You remind me of the story of Noah

Many mocked,
Laughed
Carjolled
Disbelieved

But the end,what happened?..
I believe the words you say

I don't know if I'd make it tho
Save God has mercy

But all the same
I wish you well preacher
Keep blowing the trumpet

He that has an ear
Will hear

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Khd95(m): 11:06pm On May 30
There is a movie thrailer I saw recently, those bats have been living in a sealed dark cave for years until some archeologists explored the cave, made hole in the cave that allowed those evolved bats into the area, they have evolved that they couldn't see due to their long stay in the dark cave, they eat humans, with their sharp hard teeth, they can only hear sounds, they are so much, it was a scary movie

These insects just reminded me of that movie

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by ThePriceSorcerer(m): 12:58am On May 31
blizard44:
No much difference.
We are all in the same race.

Benz .
Ikoyi Mansion.
Ewa Agoyin.
Jollof Rice and Nike Sneakers o.

After a few years, we sign out.

It's the order of things.

What I don't know is if we can go and come back. Like reincarnate. grin


If you understand what Dejavu is, you will definitely understand that we continue living after being dead.3

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by illicit(m): 6:40am On May 31
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!

U are amazing

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by free2ryhme: 6:52am On May 31
TheCalculator:
Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/trillions-red-eyed-cicadas-rise-24202169

Kindly read Nairalanders testimonies here: https://www.nairaland.com/5376666/


There are so much on earth that continues to amaze us
Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by lasisi69: 9:37am On May 31
IhateMyDad:


You remind me of the story of Noah

Many mocked,
Laughed
Carjolled
Disbelieved

But the end,what happened?..
I believe the words you say

I don't know if I'd make it tho
Save God has mercy

But all the same
I wish you well preacher
Keep blowing the trumpet

He that has an ear
Will hear

don't write yourself off, he has answers to your problems and also, you are his wonderful creature !!!

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Adewale1603(m): 11:10am On May 31
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!
you will always have something to link biblically and to say about for every post

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by ChiefSosa(m): 1:19pm On May 31
Righteousness2:
Many of us do not understand the times and Seasons which we are..
Many do not understand what is about to Hit the Earth!
The Earth is Pratically having a taste of the Plagues that hit Egypt before the Departure of the Israelites
Whatever the world is witnessing now is nothing Compared to what is Coming!
Folks it's gonna be Hell on this Earth once the Church is taken away!

Get Ready Folks!
JESUS is Coming!!
My mind don tell me say I go catch u for here. Negative things excite you, it makes you squirt in your dirty bum shorts.

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Xiaomi1(m): 3:04pm On Jun 03
simply put, Bleep and die.

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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by fourboys: 3:04pm On Jun 03
shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by DenreleDave(m): 3:05pm On Jun 03
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Re: Trillions Of Red-eyed Insects Rise From Ground After 17 Yrs To Breed & Die (Pix) by Xscape047: 3:06pm On Jun 03
Damnn

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