Where Are They Now? The 17-Year Cicadas

Two weeks ago, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Illinois became famous on the internet for their viral video illustrating the 17-year life cycle of a cicada (Magicicada septendecim). The video features employees in simplistic costumes playing the roles of our insect friends in their quest to grow, thrive, and find mates.

Now the forestry workers are back with an updated video showing what the cicadas are up to lately. Tom Velat, the ecology supervisor, describes how the cicadas are trying to avoid predators. Velat also provides advice on how to live alongside the cicadas while preserving our pets and favorite plants.

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