Cicadas spend 17 years in trees and underground, except for a couple of weeks when they emerge to sing, mate, and jump into my car when I'm driving with my windows down through Tennessee a few years ago. This time they're in Central New York, and their emergence has drawn scientists, researchers, and cicada enthusiasts from around the world.
As reported by Syracuse.com, the region is one of three that the insects emerge.
The Eastern U.S. is only one of three places in the world with periodical cicadas, which are those that emerge after a number of years rather than annually. The other spots are the Pacific Ocean island of Fiji, where cicadas emerge every eight years; and northern India, where they emerge every four years. Those cicadas are known as the World Cup cicadas because they emerge on the same years as soccer's quadrennial competition.
Hear that, World Cup fans? You have that going for you. You can watch soccer and hang out with horny bugs!
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