Cicada Spectacle Returns After 17 Years

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HC Cicada  02Sometime in coming weeks, in one of the grand spectacles in all of nature, an insect called the periodical cicada will appear by the millions in much of central Connecticut after spending the past 17 years underground.

“It is amazing to see millions and millions and millions of cicadas all in one place,” said Chris Simon, a professor in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut and a leading cicada researcher. “People are always amazed. They’re underground growing, then all of a sudden one morning there will be cicadas all over tree trunks, car tires, the sides of the house, shrubbery, telephone poles, basically any vertical objects.”

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