The Summer Of The Brood X Cicadas
Monday, July 5, 2021
Brood X cicadas emerge every 17 years. This is one of those years.
In some parts of the country, swarms of cicadas are completely covering cars,delaying flights andeven showing up on weather radars.
But what exactly are cicadas? Are the loud insects a danger or annoyance? These swarms of cicadas took 17 years to emerge, but what were they doing during that time — and when will they go away?
The East Coast and Midwest seem to have the largest number of swarms right now, but some are wondering if Charlotte will soon turn into cicada central.
We'll have a conversation about cicadas in North Carolina this year and in the future.
This show originally aired June 15, 2021.
Clyde Sorenson, professor at North Carolina State University
Ken Ahlstrom, entomologist at Economy Exterminators
Gene Kritsky, Creator ofCicada Safari app and dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University