Citizen science project: Tracking cicadas on the East Coast

You can build your own cicada detector and help Radiolab track the movements of a once-every-17-year cicada swarm expected to invade the US East Coast this summer.


  1. I live around those things and have been looking for a highly toxic, non-biodegradable spray to solve that problem for years. Seriously. In this case the environmental disaster and dead zones would be worth it.

      1. Unless you ride a motorcycle into the Patapsco area during the once-every-221 years 13-year 17-year overlap and hit several hundred of them at 65mph or so.  If you’re not wearing a full face helmet and leathers you may not survive; I swear it’s as close as I ever want to come to being hit by a machine gun.  Black bruises the size of ping pong balls all over my body and I damn near got knocked off the seat.

          1. They make so much noise and that interferes with my video gaming. Scientists estimate that around 7 billion species have gone extinct. So that means we get 1 per person. Mine will be cicadas.

          1.  There’s multiple cycles.  In 2004, the whole DC-Baltimore area got hit with a convergence of like 2-3 cycles at once hence the feeling of apocalypse.

  2. Why does an article about a project by RadioLab, link out to a PopSci page that *then* links to RadioLab?  Why not link directly to the subject you’re talking about?

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