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Cicada Data - "Cicadas: A Low-Carb Predator Favorite"

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Cicada Data - "Cicadas: A Low-Carb Predator Favorite"

Credit: National Science Foundation

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And now a bit of Cicada Data...from the National Science Foundation.

Announcer: It's the largest insect outbreak on earth! Up to a million and a half creatures--a ton's worth--per acre. When the Brood X cicadas emerged from their underground homes, they had mating--not eating--on their minds. But they themselves make tasty morsels, and are the low carb snack-of-choice for many predators. John Odland, an Indiana University researcher who studies cicadas under a National Science Foundation grant, says luckily there's safety in numbers.

Odland: The concentration itself helps them survive. These animals are helpless against predators, at least one by one. But what they achieve is predator satiation. There's so many of them that the predators can't eat them all.

Announcer: Females who survive the onslaught...can lay up to 600 eggs each...assuring survival of the species--and some good eating--in the years to come.

That's Cicada Data. I'm Emilie de Azavedo.

 
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