Long-time readers (and I mean really long-time) may remember my fascination with cicadas. That is, fascination with the idea of 17-year cicadas anyway, not that I like hanging out in their presence. I was disturbed to learn that climate change may be altering the characteristic that has kept them going as a species: their peculiar life cycle.
Periodical cicadas best known for their 17-year-long life cycle are emerging four years early in several Atlantic states, including North Caroline and Maryland.
[A] paper to be published in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science suggests that mild winters affect trees that young cicadas feed upon, messing with the insects' timekeeping.