Cicadas Are All the Buzz This Summer

Cicadas Are All the Buzz This Summer
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You usually can’t see them way up in the trees, but you can definitely hear them. And for many people that familiar sound is the soundtrack of summer.

“Every season has different things arriving and happening and for the dog days of summer, this is what goes on. this will be the background music to your homemade ice cream, and your watermelon feeds and all that,” says Jeff Cantrell of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

And this year their song is louder than ever. Cantrell says several species of cicadas who have been under ground for over a decade now have come out of hiding across the Midwest for the next couple weeks.

“The planets have lined up perfectly as far as the 13 year cicadas have emerged, and the 17 year cicadas have emerged. Plus we have about four or five species of annual cicadas. So they’re all out there, and they’re all singing.”

They’re most active at dusk. One of the most common in this area is the Robinson’s Cicada, whose mating call is one of the loudest.

“They have a drum like structure on their abdomen and that is one that will buzz so that you and I couldn’t even have a conversation.”

Because these periodical species only come out every 13 or 17 years, we won’t see a population explosion this big until they sync up again in 2236.