Cicadas creating a buzz across country, but Michiana is silent

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:48 PM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - It is more than a week into the month of June and it’s safe to say the buzz over this year’s cicada invasion has been big all across the country.

The most recent noise coming after cicadas caused a man to crash in Ohio on Monday, delayed flights in D.C. on Tuesday, and were caught crawling on President Joe Biden’s neck Wednesday morning.

“Watch out for the cicadas,” President Biden told reporters before boarding a plane.

However, in Michiana, it’s quiet...too quiet which is why 16 News Now sat down with Purdue Extension County Director Rachel Rawls on Wednesday to find out the answer to the following question: where are they?

“It depends on the area. I wasn’t here 17 years ago but the people who were told me that the brood was not very strong 17 years ago either. The brood from 17 years ago, they are laying eggs, and the ones that are hatching right now, they are from the brood 17 years ago. So if it is a small brood laying a small amount of eggs, those are the same amount that are emerging now,” Rawls says.

While Rawls says she does not expect much of a cicada presence in Northern Indiana, “the broods are emerging stronger in Indianapolis and further down South.”

Even though the majority of these insects emerge from underground once every seventeen years, the stance on the deafening-like sound cicadas leave behind, like it did for Osceola 4-Her Emma Richards back in 2004, still has not changed.

“Kind of reminds me of my alarm clock, it like never shuts up,” Richards told 16 News Now at the time.

For more information or to view a map on where cicadas are emerging near you, click here.

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