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Cicadas: The dormant army beneath your feet - Rose Eveleth

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Every 13 or 17 years, billions of cicadas emerge from the ground to molt, mate and die. Adult cicadas only live a few weeks above ground, but you’d be hard pressed to ignore them -- they are extremely loud! Rose Eveleth explains everything you need to know about these noisy insects, admitting that there’s still some things we just don’t understand.

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  • Educator Rose Eveleth
  • Director Eli Enigenburg
  • Composer Kevin MacLeod
  • Narrator Rose Eveleth

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