Noisy Cicadas Come Back to Life after Years Underground

April 17, 2013

Brood II cicadas are periodic creatures that hatch every 17 years. They’re known for their dark-colored bodies, bright red eyes, and bright red veins along their wings.

The 17-year wait is over: The infamous Brood II of cicadas will emerge this spring along the East Coast. Billions of bugs will fill the air with their loud voices (actually, mating calls produced by males looking for females) from mid-April to late May. Our assistant curator and WCS entomologist, Craig Gibbs, spoke to CBS News about this incredible phenomenon and what to expect.