Dr. Gordon Wilson Explains the Unique Design of Periodical Cicadas
Synchronized Swarming by Dr. Gordon Wilson
[Full article can be found at Answers in Genesis.]
Armies normally require a general and vast support staff to organize and move in unison. Not so for the periodical cicadas of North America, which emerge in swarms every few years.
They march out of the ground a mighty throng. In multitudes of more than a million and a half per acre, they reach plague-like proportions. Among the most familiar of all insects in eastern North America, they are the periodical cicadas.
Insects grab our attention for lots of reasons, both good and bad. Honeybees delight us with sweetness; butterflies entrance us with beauty; wasps frighten us with pain; lightning bugs glow in the dark; and praying mantises are just big, cool-looking predators.
What about cicadas? Well, they’re biggish bugs, but they don’t sting or glow or devastate crops or produce honey, and they’re certainly not rare. What’s fascinating about periodical cicadas is their sheer …
Read More · 2 min read · Apr 15 2015