As we step into the heart of 2024, a remarkable natural phenomenon is unfolding in parts of the Midwest and South, particularly in Illinois. For the first time in 221 years, two broods of periodical cicadas, Broods XIII and XIX, are emerging simultaneously. This event, playfully dubbed the “Cicadapocalypse,” is not just a curiosity for entomologists but offers a unique backdrop for outdoor enthusiasts, including hunters and shooters.
The Cicadapocalypse Phenomenon
Periodical cicadas are known for their striking red eyes and loud mating calls. They spend most of their lives underground, emerging only after 13 or 17 years to reproduce. Brood XIII, on a 17-year cycle, and Brood XIX, on a 13-year cycle, are converging in a small area around Chicago. This rare overlap creates an opportunity to experience a natural concert like no other.
Selecting your weapon for Cicadapocalypse
There are many routes you can go down here depending on your level of comfort. Some would say a nice 20 gauge shotgun with bird shot would get the job done. Maybe even a 410. Others with a Sargent York-like ability could use a .17 or .22. the options are endless.
Embracing the Cicada Season
For those of us passionate about the outdoors and firearms, the cicada emergence offers a unique sensory experience. Imagine being at the range or in the field with the backdrop of cicadas’ symphonic buzzing. It’s a reminder of the intricate connections between all elements of nature, including our activities.
The 2024 Cicadapocalypse is more than just an entomological event; it’s a celebration of nature’s wonders. As we enjoy our outdoor pursuits, let’s embrace the unique soundtrack provided by Broods XIII and XIX. It’s a reminder of the beauty and complexity of the natural world we love and respect as firearm enthusiasts and conservationists.