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Scientists propose that cicadas’ life cycles could be influenced by climate change

Cicadas that emerge in sync with their brood have a better chance of survival due to a safety-in-numbers strategy, researchers say. This summer, an extra large number of cicadas are expected to emerge due to two broods appearing simultaneously. Rising temperatures may be affecting the insects’ emergence patterns. Scientists speculate that cicadas may be adjusting their timing in response to climate change. There is a possibility that 17-year cicadas may become 13-year cicadas in the future. Researchers are still exploring how cicadas coordinate their emergence and communicate underground.


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