|Does your back yard look like this? |
This swarm of periodical cicadas was photographed by Greg Hume at Wikimedia.
Today I am over at Accumulating Glitches talking about periodical cicadas! I ponder questions like: How do periodical cicadas know when to emerge (and where are they before that)? How did different species living in the same regions get synchronized to the same cycle? And what evolutionary pressures led to life cycles that are precisely 13- and 17-years long?
Check it out here!
And to find out more, check these out:
1. Koenig, W., & Liebhold, A. (2013). Avian Predation Pressure as a Potential Driver of Periodical Cicada Cycle Length The American Naturalist, 181 (1), 145-149 DOI: 10.1086/668596
2. Koenig WD, Ries L, Olsen VB, & Liebhold AM (2011). Avian predators are less abundant during periodical cicada emergences, but why? Ecology, 92 (3), 784-90 PMID: 21608486