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Cicada cam offers inside look at invading insects

May 26, 2013

Cicada cam offers inside look at invading insects

A new cam offers a rare look at invasive species.

For weeks entomologists have been heralding the arrival of Brood II cicadas, expected to descend on the East Coast en masse and overwhelm citizens with their noisy mating. This breed of cicada emerges from the ground every 17 years to mate, reproduce and die. When the eggs hatch  the baby cicadas burrow underground to wait the required 17 years before beginning the cycle again.

With all the talk, some on the East Coast are wondering where the cicadas are and why they have not seen them in their area yet, TIME explains. However, there is another option, for those who have not yet or will not have  the opportunity to see the cicadas emerge. The Science Channel has set up a live cicada cam to help build awareness about the insect and increase interest in the cicada, Web Pro News explains. A live camera in a terrarium filled with cicadas allows people to see firsthand how cicadas breed, eat and live before they die. Located in Washington, D.C., the terrarium is already seeing action, and even includes a small model of the US capitol building.

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