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When will cicadas come back? You're asking the wrong question. Their pee will 'rain' down

Cicada You may think that 1 trillion noisy periodical cicadas emerging in the Midwest and southern states this spring is gross – but we’ve got something even more disgusting to tell you.

As the Brood XIII and Brood XIX cicadas emerge, the two broods will also produce huge amounts of pee. Yes, pee, more commonly called honeydew or cicada rain, according to John Cooly, an entomologist at the University of Connecticut.

Periodical cicadas, which appear in large numbers once every 13 to 17 years, have the unique ability to urinate in high-velocity jets, according to a recent article in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

Cicadas can consume 300 times their weight in xylem, or plant sap, each day. They can release their pee as high as 10 feet in the air in a second, according to the New York Times.


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