Description
Every 17 years parts of northeast America are taken over by billions of cicadas that emerge from the soil to reproduce.
Howard Stableford visits Cincinnati to witness this natural phenomenon and hear the cacophony of mating calls - with up to 1.5 million insects per acre and each male capable of making calls louder than 100 decibels, the chorus is deafening.
Howard discovers how local people react - some leave town until the cicadas die off, a few write plays and songs about the event whilst others decide if you cant beat them, eat them!.

Broadcast Details

  • First broadcast 20050411

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