1 Trillion Cicadas Underground Waiting to Invade The East Coast
Enjoy the nightmares!
Originally thought to be about 30 billion cicadas (enough to get to the moon and back by the way) lurking underground ready to take over the east coast has now been estimated to over 1 trillion.
According to the Associated Press:
This year’s invasion, Brood II, is one of the bigger ones. Several experts say that they really don’t have a handle on how many cicadas are lurking underground but that 30 billion seems like a good estimate. At the Smithsonian Institution, researcher Gary Hevel thinks it may be more like 1 trillion.
Even if it’s merely 30 billion, if they were lined up head to tail, they’d reach the moon and back.
“There will be some places where it’s wall-to-wall cicadas,” says University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp.
What does this mean for you? While you are hanging out with friends this summer, keep your mouth closed when not talking. A bug the size of your finger might just fly down your throat. They LOVE just hanging out in the throats of people.