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FutureStarrCicadas 2021 Georgia OOR
Cicadas are that ageless music. They’ve been part of human life for about 500,000 years, and for the past few summers, Georgia is the place to get your fill.
These cicadas started their lives as eggs on tree leaves. Newly hatched cicadas fall from the trees and go back down into the soil where they’ll spend the next 17 years of their lives, sucking on the sap from tree roots for energy. Seventeen years later, the nymphs come up from the ground, climb up a tree or power pole and molt, leaving that charming skin lying around. Then they’ll spend the next couple of weeks above ground searching for a mate, mating and laying eggs on tree branches. Then they die and the process repeats itself.
Did you know there are two types of cicadas commonly found in the Eastern United States? The most familiar is the annual cicada, also known as the “dog day cicada”, which we see every summer. The periodical cicada, as you’ve likely heard in various news outlets, is the other type and it is getting a lot of buzz right now. (Source: site.extension.uga.edu)
The Associated Press reported a warm rain triggers cicadas to emerge, according to experts, and in the following days, they’ll slowly begin to take over the area. Before dying off in six weeks, the cicadas mate and lay eggs. Then, hatched nymphs will fall off the trees and burrow under the soil, where they’ll spend the next 17 years surviving off of tree sap. After that, the cycle continues.
If you're on the terrible-not-wonderful side of the 17-year cicada emergence equation, think of it this way: You'll get to bear witness to what is still an unfolding scientific mystery. Scientists can't entirely explain the synchronized emergence of periodical cicadas, but one evolutionary hypothesis is that the forced developmental delay was an adaptation to climate cooling during the ice ages. (Source: patch.com)