Insect Wings May Hold Key To Advancements In Technology

When broods of cicadas emerge from underground, backyards turn into an undulating chorus of millions of bugs. This loud noise is exclusive to the males, originating in sound boxes in their abdomens. The males use it in synchronized unison to establish territory and attract females. 

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Studying Insect Wings On This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, in the spring of 2016, a massive brood of cicadas emerged in northern West Virginia after 17 years underground. The event prompted one West Virginia University professor to study the composition of their wings. Assistant News Director Caroline MacGregor has the story.

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These ‘Zombie Cicadas’ Will Be On Your Doorstep This Summer

Early this summer, Eastern Panhandle residents should expect to hear billions of loud, humming cicadas.“Oh, it’s deafening,” said Matt Kasson, an associate professor of plant pathology and mycology at West Virginia University.

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Cicadas: A Loud Insect For Emerging Artists

This year millions of cicadas emerged for their once-in-17-years mating season in West Virginia. The insect phenomenon inspired one state artist, who uses cicadas in her artwork.

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