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Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge

COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Sifting through a shovel load of dirt in a suburban backyard, Michael Raupp and Paula Shrewsbury find their quarry: a cicada nymph. And then another. And another. And four more. In maybe a third of a square foot of dirt, the University of Maryland entomologists find at least seven cicadas —…

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Trillions Of Cicadas Are Coming To The US.

Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

ByDouglas MainPhotographs ByDarlyne MurawskiPublished May 3, 2021• 9 min readIn the late spring of 1634, pilgrims in Massachusetts witnessed an incredible sight: Millions and millions of winged, red-eyed insects sprung from the earth. Not knowing better, the Puritan immigrants likened them to pestilential swarms from the Old Testament and called them “locusts.”But they were wrong.…