Rare Sightings of Big Bug Draw Fans From Around the World


Students from Japan and a researcher from New Zealand are among the scientists and hobbyists flocking to central New York for rare sightings of the cicada (sih-KAY’-duh), a big bug that emerges once every 17 years.

The eastern U.S. is one of three places in the world with periodical cicadas. The others are the Pacific island of Fiji, where cicadas emerge every eight years; and northern India, where they emerge every four years.

In New York, cicada fans have congregated at a farm and brewery in Onondaga. Several researchers recorded audio and video as the cicadas’ call vibrated in the background.

A student from Shizuoka University in Japan, Hiroki Hayashi, calls the scene “wonderful and exciting.”

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