One caused a car accident, the other dared to land on the neck of the leader of the first world power. After a busy season, the famous so-called periodic cicadas, which appear in the United States only every 17 years, leave the titles and face of the Earth. Billions of them were published in April and May in several East American states, such as Maryland and Ohio, as well as in the federal capital Washington. For weeks they lived like their ancestors before them: they emerged from the sand like nymphs after passing patiently dug tunnels, as soon as the temperature rose, they squashed, mated, laid eggs to perpetuate a ‘species that then died’.
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But not before he clumsily flew from tree to tree, collided screaming with people or fell on their plates – because the cicada is clumsy. Perhaps the peak of the 2021 harvest will be June 9, the day President Joe Biden went on his first overseas trip. Then we saw the head of state chasing a brave beast that stopped at his neck, throwing it to the ground. “Watch out for cicadas, I just had them, I get it!“, he joked to reporters. The day before, a swarm of carefree insects – so many in the region that appeared on weather radars – attacked the engines of a plane carrying dozens of reporters who accompanied the president on his tour, pinning the device to the ground for hours. In the end, another plane must have been chartered. And although “cicadas,” unlike locusts, are harmless, they can be a source of unfortunate events. As in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Historically, several traffic accidents are attributed to them every time they appear. So it is this year“City police wrote on Facebook on June 7.”Tonight, a young man (…) crossed a large cloud of cicadas behind the wheel. One entered the cabin through an open window and punched him in the face temporarily stunned him. He then crashed into an electric pole“she added.”Make sure you have the windows closed until our red-haired girls leave“, he called the police.
In fact, the time has come for them to leave for several regions where we can no longer hear them singing and where their now lifeless bodies are crowded with sidewalks. It’s just a matter of time for others. For entomologists, now is the time to start assessing the season. “In some places, they appear to have expanded their presence, while in other places their presence has diminished. It will take time to review the dataJohn Cooley of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut in Hartford told AFP, which has started a cicada mapping project.Where trees have been uprooted and areas built up, cicadas are gone forever. On the other hand, where agricultural land has been turned into parks or housing and where trees have been planted, there are more cicadas.“Says Michael J. Raupp of the Department of Entomology at the University of Maryland. As for global warming,”it will certainly affect them, but it is not clear how exactly“According to Dr. Cooley. For Professor Raupp, the temperature rise will be.”allow cicadas to expand their presence further north“, and we could see them”at the beginning of the yearAnother hypothesis is, some could occur every 13, not every 17 years, he adds. In this case, the cicada will intervene in the punctuation spring between the coronavirus pandemic and the vaccine release, and sometimes lead to existential reflections, because when nymphs are buried underground to spend the next two decades feeding on tree root sap, concerns about the planet’s condition grow. it’s hard not to wonder where humanity will be in 17. Answer 2038. or maybe sooner.