American scientists have warned that billions of leafhoppers will emerge within the American Union in a few weeks at the most and emerge from their underground shelters after 17 years AP.
According to scientists, Brood X cicadas will appear on a larger and more notable scale in 15 states, including New York, Indiana, and Georgia. The insects are currently appearing in Tennessee and North Carolina. Entomologists at the University of Maryland also found a yard in Maryland that contains about 1.5 million leafhoppers.
Cicada hatchlings typically appear every 13 to 17 years in the Midwest and East Coast, depending National Geographic. The United States is the only country in the world that has regular cicadas that stay underground for so long, University of Connecticut entomologist John Cooley told AP.
The noise level from the appearance of the cicada is expected to reach 105 decibels, the scientists told the news cable. Cooley described the noise as “a single bar that went terribly, terribly wrong”.
Notwithstanding the uncomfortable noise, the scientists said it was a good sign that Brood X is emerging from the subsurface amid pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss, as its appearance is a positive sign for nature.
Other scientists say people shouldn’t fear the mass appearance of leafhoppers by quoting more dangerous insects.
“The mosquito kills more people than any other animal due to malaria and other diseases. However, some people really fear the appearance of cicadas, ”May Berenbaum, an entomologist at the University of Illinois, told the AP.
Insect fear stems from a lack of education, Elizabeth Barnes, an entomology educator at Purdue University, told National Geographic.
“They don’t bite, they don’t bite, they won’t try to chase you,” he said of the cicadas.
Cicadas are often a source of food for predators, but they also help move nutrients and freshen the ground. They exist according to about five million years National Geographicand they generally come out to grow and lay eggs in trees.