… are the species known for their spectacular mass emergences every 13 or 17 years. Magicicadas occur in distinct populations, called broods, and each brood is on its own 17-year cycle. This year the show will take place along the east coast of the US, from New York south to North Carolina - corresponding to Brood II. Next year it will be Brood III’s turn, a smaller population primarily contained in Iowa and western Illinois. In all there are twelve 17-year broods and three 13-year broods, and nearly every year at least one brood, somewhere, will be emerging.
In fact, the next year *without* any mass cicada emergence will be 2022. Fortunately, despite their appearance and noisiness, cicadas are generally harmless. Adult cicadas feed on plant sap, and females lay their eggs in the stems of plants, but even these mass emergences rarely do lasting harm to plants. The emergence only lasts 4-6 weeks, while the adults find mates and lay eggs, after which they die.
Jumping Spider (Phidippus clarus) with Jagged Ambush Bug (Phymata sp.), Wake County, NC, USA
The jagged ambush bug is about 5 mm long. I took this shot on the very first annual BugGuide photo outing. The location was perfect, bugs everywhere, but it was very hot and humid so I didn’t last long.
The waxy filaments on the hind end of Flatid plant hoppers serves several purposes. It is hydrophobic and help conceal the insect’s body. They can be raised and lowered and fanned out and in my observation are used as a challenge or a means of communication between individuals when they encounter each other away from the group. Probably most importantly though, they are detachable, so if a hungry predator makes a grab for the nymph, they end up with a claw or mouthful of wax, allowing the nymph to escape.
At the end of this series of instar stages emerge the adult plant hoppers to recommence the cycle over again……
Billions of cicadas set to invade East Coast this spring
The noise can has been compared to a New York subway train, and there will be no escape from it as the bugs hatch again after 17 years.
by Lee Moran / NYDN
Billions of bugs are set to swarm the East Coast this Spring.
Flying insects will descend on cities, towns and villages from New England to North Carolina as part of a natural phenomenon that only occurs once every 17 years.
Brood II cicadas will emerge for the first time since 1996 to cover areas hotter than 64 degrees from mid-April to late May.And there will be no escaping their noise — which has previously been compared to the sound of a New York City subway train.
But there’s no need to worry, as experts say they are harmless to humans and trees.
Craig Gibbs, entomologist at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo, told CBS News that the Brood II was a “periodic cicada that hatches out every 17 years.”…
The hoppers of this family are known as spittlebugs because their nymphs produces ‘spittle’ clinging to the stems of shrubs or small trees. They live immersed in masses of bubbles. It is believed that this will reduce the risk of dehydration and/or deter parasites and predators. Their spittle is sometimes known as cuckoo-spit.
You Can Help Track The Inexorable Progress of This Year’s Cicada Swarms
by Sarah Miller
This time we are ready for you and your noise…
Every 13 to 17 years, the Magicicada come. That’s the name of a particular genus of periodical cicada, but you probably know them as “what the hell is that racket.” They make a lot of noise, is what I’m saying. The last time the cicadas came I remember complaining about it a lot. This year, I am more mature. And that’s why I’m excited that, thanks to radio station WNYC and a simple kit that you can buy for $80, this year I will be putting aside my annoyance to instead eagerly track the arrival of the cicada brood…
Assassin Bug (Rhinocoris erythropus), family Reduviidae, Southern Spain
Wikipedia: Species of this genus are noted for providing parental care of offspring. Parental care is unusual in subsocial insects, having only evolved six times in the Heteroptera. R. tristis for example, is well known for guarding egg masses…