The US East Coast will soon be covered in flying insects. This happens once every 17 years and is popularly known as ‘Swarmageddon’.
After 17 years underground growing from larva to bug, billions of cicadas emerge and spend four weeks chirping and mating. They first shed their skins, leaving a crunchy carpet on the ground below. Next they click and chirp in order to find a mate.
After four weeks, the females burrow underground and it will be another 17 years until the next ‘Swarmageddon’.
Although noisy and a little bit scary for people frightened of bugs, they do not sting, bite or harm crops. I just hope wasps don’t feed on them as I wouldn’t want to assist those spawn of the devil creatures.