Cicada invasion, the rare natural wonder

Matthew Hendricks By Matthew Hendricks, 13th Oct 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Every 17 years, cicadas emerge from the ground to mate. For those who couldn't make their way over to the East Coast, the Science Channel had launched a live cicada cam so people could watch them on their computers.

The cicada invasion

According to, the Science Channel had set up a live camera with a nerdy miniature set the creatures were supposed to flourish in.

This is to promote the Science Channel's shows Sworm Chasers and Cicada Invaders 2013, according to

Digital Journal reports that after living underground for 17 years, brood II classified cicadas from North Carolina to Massachusetts tunnel to the surface for their noisy mating ritual.

When cicadas first appear they are still nymphs. They will crawl onto nearby vegetation where they will remain for a matter of days, shedding their nymph skin until their exoskeleton hardens allowing them fly and begin mating. Once mature, cicadas live only for a few weeks. had a LIVE cicada cam that broadcast online this year, where you could view the creatures on a model of the White House or something.

Sometimes though you did not see any bugs in their live video, or any movement from the bugs for hours.

I guess I should be embarrassed that I actually watched that idea, which did not seem to take flight ;)

The cicadas are probably best to observe in real life.


Bug, Cicada, Cicada Life Cycle, Insects, Invasion

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Matthew Hendricks has been writing on various topics for various websites for the past six years. His background includes media, web design, videography, video editing and consumer reviews.

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