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Cicadas Invade Tri-State

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
May 9, 2013

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The Cicadas are coming!! Any day now billions of the red-eyed insects will come crawling out of the ground for the first time in 17 years.

Since 1996 this brood of Cicada’s has been underground feeding on the roots of trees. This year they will emerge from the ground to do one thing, mate. Dr. George Hamilton is an entomologist at Rutgers. He says the Cicadas are harmless but they can be annoying.

“Where there are lots and lots of these cicadas coming out of the ground the noise can get extremely loud, they sing from dawn to dusk once they come out of the ground the singing is to attract the males and females together.”

Hamilton says there may be some minimal damage to trees and shrubs where the insects will lay their eggs, but other than that he says folks should just sit back and enjoy one of nature’s most curious shows.

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