Possible New Brood of CicadaMissy Henriksen
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Cicadas are still a puzzle to many
in the science world. No other insect is known to spend more than a
decade hidden in the ground, only emerging to mate and die in one
Scientists have tracked broods, or groups, of cicadas over the
past two centuries to predict their emergence in 13- or 17-year
cycles. Finding new broods is extremely rare, but one entomologist
in Ohio believes he did just that.
Dr. Gene Kritsky believes a 13-year brood has been overlooked
because it has coincidentally emerged with two different 17-year
broods. Kritsky is asking people in southern Ohio and northern
help track this new brood should it emerge in early summer.