Cicadas Make Early Showing In Rockland

Dated: 06/01/2013

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17 years ago cicada nymphs burrowed into the ground and began a very long “Rip Van Winkle” like sleep. 2013 is the year they will return to the surface along the Eastern Seaboard. Early sightings have been occurring in Nyack, West Nyack, and New City, but billions more will emerge in the next month. The cold weather has put their infamous appearance on a minor hold.
There are several cicada species in the country and many emerge each year, but Brood II is one of the distinct populations that only mature every 17 years. The cicadas coming out of the ground now were born in 1996. After emerging, the nymphs shed their crunchy brown exoskeletons and will spend their few weeks of adulthood mating and laying eggs in tree branches. Then the red-eyed insects will all die, leaving their 2-inch-long bodies to litter the ground. The newly hatched Brood II babies, meanwhile, will make their way back to the ground and burrow in for a dark 17-year juvenile period until the hormones kick in that will turn them into adults. Those bugs will go on hiatus until 2030 and then continue the cycle.
The winged insects make their short-lived act above the surface known. Males make species-specific mating calls by vibrating a white, drumlike plate, or tymbal, on either side of their abdomens. These chirping and clicking noises can be heard by females up to a mile away making a racket that can reach up to 100 decibels.
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Paul Bambara

My love of the real estate business began when I first started investing in residential and commercial properties in 1982. I found that my life-long residency of Rockland County, my eight years on the....

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