First of billions of cicadas emerge in US East Coast after 17 years in hibernation(Source telegraph.co.uk)
Residents of the US East Coast have reported the much-anticipated arrival of cicadas, which have emerged in huge numbers after 17 years in hibernation and ready for a three-week mating frenzy. The flying insects have already been spotted in several states, including Virginia, Maryland and Georgia, but with warm temperatures expected over the coming days, billions more are expected later this week. With mere weeks to find a mate and lay their eggs before they die, the cicadas are in a race against time. The insects emit a noisy, high-pitched mating song that can reach up to 100 decibels, roughly equivalent to a motorcycle or jackhammer, said John Cooley, an entomologist at the University of Connecticut.