17-Year Cicadas Primed to Emerge

17:25 minutes

This spring the massive “Brood II” batch of 17-year cicadas is expected to emerge from the ground in backyards and parks all along the Eastern U.S. The insects will mate, lay eggs, and start the cycle all over again. Cicada expert John Cooley explains the unusual biology and evolution of periodical cicadas.

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John Cooley

John Cooley is a research scientist at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut.

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