Science Channel to tackle the cicada invasion

Billions of Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground in the eastern U.S.
(Dave Ellis / Associated Press)

They’ve been waiting underground for 17 years, and now cicadas are emerging en masse to take over the eastern half of the United States.

Right now, billions of the Brood II cicadas are emerging from the ground and are making big noise all up and down the East Coast. While some people are dreading the coming onslaught of creepy-looking red-eyed bugs, and others are polishing up their storehouse of cicada recipes, Science Channel is planning to dedicate much of its Memorial Day weekend programming to the little fellas.

Will cicadas do for Science Channel what sharks have done for Discovery? Hardly, since the bugs crop up only every 17 years, we can’t expect a “Cicada Week” every year. But when it comes to getting the willies and educated at the same time, it would be hard to pass up Science Channel’s weekend lineup.


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“Swarm Chasers” premieres Sunday at 8 p.m. PT and provides handy information about the three-brained cicadas and their habits, lifecycle and more.

“Cicadas and Invaders 2013” premieres on Sunday night at 9 p.m. PT and features a countdown of swarming creatures, from horseshoe crabs to bats to the cicadas.

And to completely satiate those with an unquenchable thirst for more cicada knowledge, the channel has launched a Cicada Cam here, to provide people with more understanding of the bugs’ lives and habits in their terrarium.


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