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