Trillions of brood X cicadas move closer to emergence as soil temperatures rise

Trillions of brood X cicadas move closer to emergence as soil temperatures rise

Great Eastern Brood set to emerge in the last two weeks of May and into early June, with hordes of bugs to push up from underground

Brood X, otherwise known as the great cicada hatching of 2021, is drawing closer as soil temperatures in some parts of America move closer to 64F (18C) – the trigger, according to scientists, for trillions of the insects to push up to the surface and into the trees to mate.

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