This year, as you’ve probably heard, billions of cicadas will soon emerge all along the Eastern seaboard after living 17 years underground. By emerging en masse—some say there may be as many as 1 million cicadas per acre—these so-called Brood II cicadas are more likely to overwhelm predators, including other insects, birds, small mammals, turtles, and frogs, thus helping to ensure species survival.
Keep reading here to learn all about periodical cicadas.
Pictured: A Magicicada specimen from Brood X, 2004, looks similar to those cicadas you might see this year. (Bundschuh)