Cicadas: The dormant army beneath your feet - Rose Eveleth
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For more about cicadas love affair with prime numbers, you can read this New Yorker piece.
For more about the awesomely gross fungus Massospora that infect cicadas (and for more about cool fungi in general) visit the Cornell University Mushroom blog.
If you want to see where in New York City the cicadas emerged, you can check out this project by Radiolab and WNYC to track them, and learn how to build your own cicada tracker.
And if you live in the Northeast and didn’t see any, there are a few reasons why. Here’s a video on why you might have missed them, or they might have missed you. And here’s a story from Scientific American about why many missed them.
Music in this animation is from:
"Hidden Agenda", "Summon the Rawk"
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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