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Dr. Chris Simon: Cicadas

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This spring, two large broods of periodical cicadas—one in the Midwest that emerges every 13 years and one in the Southeast that emerges every 17 years—will come out at the same time.

On Thursday, April 4, 2024, SciLine interviewed:

Dr. Chris Simon is a senior research scientist in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut. See the footage and transcript from the interview below, or select ‘Contents’ on the left to skip to specific questions.

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[Posted April 4, 2024 | Download video]

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