Happy Mousey Monday from Mousey and the Discovery Education Customer and Technical Support team! Brace yourselves for the impending invasion that is the Cicada! Cicadas are insects. Brood II Cicadas are set to emerge mid-April to late May from North Carolina through New England!
Brood II Cicadas hatch every 17 years, the group arriving this Spring are the offspring of Cicadas from 1996! The Cicadas crawl from the ground and remain on the surface for four to six weeks searching for a mate. Cicadas do not bite or sting and so are harmless to humans and pets. They are more of an annoyance than anything with all the noise that they make and their gruesome appearance.
Discovery Education streaming has a video to help your students prepare for the Cicadas. The 1 minute video segment, Preparing for the Cicada Invasion, will help prepare students in regards to the plant life, especially the trees.
If your students want to learn more about the life cycle of the Cicadas, the 5 minute video segment, The Life Cycle of the Periodical Cicadas, will shed some light on the mysterious lives of these creatures.
Discovery Education also has a 15 minute full video, World of Nature: Cicadas: The Seventeen-Year Invasion, with a title fitting to the upcoming situation.
Mousey is not a fan of the Cicada and will not be outside as much as he would like, but he does admit that they are fascinating creatures. It really sounds like something from a science fiction movie, creatures rise from the ground every 17 years to breed and eventually their offspring will repeat this process.
We hope that Discovery Education’s resources assist you and your students in learning more about the Cicada. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to tweet us at @DESupportStars with #mouseymondays! Happy Mousey Monday!