FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Recently we’ve heard about cicadas causing car accidents and bumping into President Biden.
But around northern Indiana? Not so much.
Megan Abraham, an entomologist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources says there’s a reason for that.
“It’s cold underground for a little bit longer up there, so they’re a little bit delayed in getting out up there,” she said.
The cicadas have been deep underground getting nutrients from tree roots.
Once the soil temperature down there reaches 65 degrees, that’s when they emerge.
“I would expect that in the next couple of weeks you’ll be in full boom here with the cicadas,” Abraham said.
Then the egg-laying starts.
“That’s basically their sole purpose,” Abraham said. “They don’t really care about eating or sleeping. They’re just going to find a mate, lay some eggs, and ensure their progeny live on.”
That won’t bother Indiana resident Karen Rydman.
She actually likes the sound cicadas make.
“Yeah that screechy buzzy sound is kind of welcoming,” she said, “but I’ve been like that since I was a kid.”
She likes that it’s the sign of a season change.
“It’s just the fact that it’s something that you hear in the summer, and it’s that progress through the year that reminds you ‘oh here comes autumn,’” Rydman said.