Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge
COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge from 15 U.S. states.
Scientists say Brood X (as in 10, not the letter) is one of the biggest for these bugs that come out only once every 17 years.
After years quietly underground, the red-eyed black backed bugs emerge in a weird spectacle involving a race against everything trying to eat them, singing in the treetops, sex, death and plummeting to the ground.
It sounds creepy but scientists say it is a sign of an ecosystem healthy enough for something that's been happening for millions of years.
And it's quite a show.