For the first time in more than 200 years, two broods of cicadas—known as Brood XIII and Brood XIX—will emerge after spending years underground, invading backyards in at least 17 U.S. states in 2024.
The last time two specific groups appeared at the same time was in 1803, when Thomas Jefferson was president, Ohio became the 17th state, and the U.S. purchased the Louisiana Purchase from the French.
Spending most of their lives as underground nymphs, North American Cicadas emerge yearly or in varying intervals. Their deafening courtship calls can reach 100 decibels—as loud as a motorcycle!
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