“They’re Baaack! Return of the 17-Year Cicadas”

Photograph: Krista Schlueter
Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Tuesday March 26 2013 11:00 - 17:00
Magicicada septendecim, also known as 17-year cicadas, are a bit like head colds: occasional but unavoidable nuisances whose presence must be endured (a high threshold for ickiness also helps). After gestating in underground tunnels for nearly two decades, a swarm of the clamorous species takes flight to mate and lay eggs; that familiar summer buzz is generated by millions of male Magicicadas vibrating their abdominal membranes (we know, gross) to woo female partners. The flying black-and-orange tenors unleash their white noise above our parks this summer. Enhance your preparedness at this exhibit, which showcases various real specimens, interactive displays and even cicada-inspired art. Through Spring 2014.
Venue name: Staten Island Museum
Contact:
Address: 75 Stuyvesant Pl
Staten Island
10301
Cross street: at Wall St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am–5pm, Sat 10am–5pm, Sun Noon–5pm
Price: $5, seniors and students $3, members and children under 13 free