Latest Cicadas News

Collecting sex-crazed zombie cicadas on speed: Scientists track a bug-controlling super-sized fungus

Jun. 19, 2024 09:31 AM EDT

LISLE, Illinois (AP) — With their bulging red eyes and their alien-like mating sound, periodical cicadas can seem scary and weird enough. But some of them really are sex-crazed zombies on speed, hijacked by a super-sized fungus. West Virginia University mycology professor Matt...

Think cicadas are weird? Check out superfans, who eat the bugs, use them in art and even striptease

Jun. 17, 2024 16:56 PM EDT

FOREST PARK, Illinois (AP) — Mayumi Barrack sees a pair of mating periodical cicadas getting together, whips out her phone, says, “Hi guys!" and takes their picture. “I'm not really a bug person, but as I look more and more I feel they are adorable,” Barrack explained, noting...

Illinois is hit with cicada chaos. This is what it's like to see, hear and feel billions of bugs

Jun. 14, 2024 11:31 AM EDT

RIVERWOODS, Ill. (AP) — The ground had seemed to undulate at night, alive with bugs. Crawling cicada nymphs, striving to get higher after 17 years underground, marched en masse toward and up trees, pausing to shed their skin and emerge as adults. And then the fun began. Cicada...

How do cicadas make their signature sound, so eerie and amazingly loud?

Jun. 14, 2024 09:39 AM EDT

WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The most noticeable part of the cicada invasion blanketing the central United States is the sound — an eerie, amazingly loud song that gets in a person's ears and won't let much else in. “It’s beautiful chaos,” said Rebecca Schmidt, a U.S. Department of...

Rare blue-eyed cicada spotted during 2024 emergence at suburban Chicago arboretum

May. 26, 2024 00:14 AM EDT

LISLE, Ill. (AP) — It was late morning when The Morton Arboretum's Senior Horticulturist Kate Myroup arrived at the Children’s Garden with a special guest: a rare, blue-eyed female Magicicada cassini cicada, spotted earlier in the day by a visitor. A lucky few saw the cicada...

Up close and personal, cicadas display Nature's artwork. Discerning beholders find beauty in bugs.

May. 25, 2024 08:27 AM EDT

With rich reds, gentle greens and basic blacks, Nature's screaming, crawling artwork is the epitome of rare beauty — at least in the eyes of some beholders. To others, it may seem just creepy. It's a colorful, ever-changing canvas of bugs. Lots of them. A...

Cicadas are so noisy in a South Carolina county that residents are calling the police

Apr. 23, 2024 16:27 PM EDT

NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — Emerging cicadas are so loud in one South Carolina county that residents are calling the sheriff's office asking why they can hear sirens or a loud roar. The Newberry County Sheriff's Office sent out a message on Facebook on Tuesday letting people know that...