We’ve all heard the warnings: an invasion of cicadas to descend upon the East Coast in a swarm of Biblical proportions. But the huge insects, and their incessant chirping, are still nowhere to be seen (or heard)…George C. Hamilton, chairman of Rutgers University’s Department of Entomology, explains that this juvenile stage must undergo a series of molts until the exoskeleton hardens. Then the males can start calling out – which accounts for all that racket – to find a mate. "It’s one of the longest life cycles in the insect world," says Hamilton.
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