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17 Year Cicadas

17 year cicada monster close up

Sometimes known as 17 year locusts the 17 year cicadas hatch from their eggs every 17 years and populate forests by the thousands  making a collective sound similar to the sounds that the giant insects of the sci-fi movies of the 1950’s made. etymologists classify them as broods by location of the brood and the year of the cycle. Brood II is emerging in the forests of New Jersey this spring and was last seen in New Jersey in 1996. They are a beautiful sight and an eerie sound.

The cicadas emerge from the ground as larvae,

17 year cicada emerging larva

stay in the tree until they mature by growing wings and their eerie red eyes.

17 year cicada mature

They then mate and  lay their eggs in the ground.  In the space of about four weeks they are gone and will emerge again in New Jersey in 2030.


2 responses

  1. Amazing photos. But Yuck! 🙂


    June 9, 2013 at 3:07 AM

  2. Cynthia

    Love the light on the wings in the third image. 😉


    June 10, 2013 at 11:06 AM

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