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.
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