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New Brood of Cicadas Discovered in Northern Kentucky

Over the weekend, Thomas More College President David Armstrong tweeted a picture from one of the school's professors alerting the world that cicadas were emerging near the college's Biology Field Station.

The photo is seen above.

Days prior, Entomology Today reported that a new 13-year brood has been spotted in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Typically, the bugs come out of the ground every seventeen years, so this brood was somewhat unexpected. From the magazine:

The oldest historical record of periodical cicadas corresponding to this year’s unrecognized brood was a newspaper account published in 1871. When they emerged in the early twentieth century, they emerged with larger, better-known 17-year cicada broods and were not recognized as a distinct population.

This year, 13-year periodical cicadas were expected to emerge as part of Brood XXII in Louisiana and Mississippi. Kritsky and Troutman are anxious to determine the relationships, if any, between the southern population and the Ohio Kentucky population.

“It may be a relict of a once larger population or the subsequent evolution of a new brood that coincidentally emerged the same year as Brood XXII,” Kritsky said.

Kritsky and Troutman are asking the people in southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky to help with the mapping project by activating the location services or GPS functions on their smart phones, taking photographs of the cicadas, and emailing them via the websitehttp://www.msj.edu/cicada.

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Read the full article: Entomology Today