WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A cicada was blamed for a car accident in Cincinnati after it flew inside a car and smack the driver in the face.
- Cincinnati police are warning motorists to roll up their windows during this year’s cicada Brood X invasion.
- The red-eyed insects reportedly caused the delay of the White House press charter plane during President Joe Biden’s first official foreign trip.
This year’s cicada invasion is causing chaos in the United States.
In Cincinnati, a cicada caused a car crash after it flew through a vehicle’s open window and hit the driver in the face. The car swerved into a utility pole, according to Cincinnati Police.
The police later tweeted: “Nothing good happens with cicadas.”
The driver suffered only minor injuries with some bruising from the seatbelt and the airbags deploying. The car, however, is a different story. A representative from the Cincinnati Police said the vehicle sustained significant damage, with the right side of its hood almost entirely ripped off.
This year’s cicadas are known as Brood X, a specific family of periodical cicadas that typically underground and emerge in billions to mate, according to the National Wildlife Federation. This summer marks the first time in 17 years that “Brood X” come out.
Periodical cicadas are not like the annual cicadas people are used to. While underground, these insects are in larval form for most of their lives. Female cicadas dig grooves in tree branches to deposit their eggs after mating.
Young cicadas fall to the ground and burrow underneath the soil. There they will wait for 17 years to come out into the open air again.
Last month, “Brood X” has begun appearing in the District of Columbia and is expected to show up in some parts of the following states: Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, USA Today reported.
Cicadas reportedly caused mechanical troubles on a White House press charter plane during President Joe Biden’s first official foreign trip. Earlier this month, they disrupted a PGA golf tournament in Ohio, Today reported.
The loud, buzzing noise they create is actually a mating call.
“The cicadas are making that sound because it’s all about romance,” Michael Raupp, a professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, told Today. “This is the male cicada trying to convince that special someone that she should be the mother of his nymphs … he’s putting on his very best performance.”
According to several media outlets, Brood X cicadas will retreat underground at the end of June and are expected to reemerge after another 17 years, in 2038.