Big Year for Periodical Cicadas

periodical cicadas in grass

Tens of billions of noisy cicadas are popping out of the ground in a rare, synchronized event that last occurred 221 years ago. The winged insects are appearing across the Midwest and Southeast this month in a double emergence of two different broods of periodical cicadas. This year’s emergence is expected to be unusually large, with some experts estimating that more than a trillion cicadas could blanket parts of the country where the two broods overlap.

Natasha was on Mass Appeal talking about why an event like this is so rare, and what cicadas we can expect to see (and hear!) here in the Northeast.