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How Cicadas Become Flying Saltshakers of Death | Podcast | Overheard at National Geographic ctm magazine

After 17 years underground, so-called Brood X cicadas get a fleeting moment in the sun and commence their deafening buzz. But periodical cicadas can’t escape a silent killer: a fungus that eats them from the inside and forces them into a rabid mania. Follow National Geographic Explorer Matt Kasson as he tracks these “flying salt shakers of death,” and hear why scientists say cicadas should be respected, not feared — even if they do raise a ruckus in your backyard.


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  • sushi817 on May 25, 2021

    Wish I could take a 17 year nap

  • RB on May 25, 2021

    the back ground music ruined it………….

  • Kermit the Frog on May 25, 2021

    We called them Jar flies. I used to collect them at night with a flashlight and place them on the inside of my window screen. The next morning I'd watch them hatch from the shell and release them in the yard. I thought it was the coolest thing to watch them hatch.

  • Alparslan Korkmaz on May 25, 2021

    Nice video.

  • Luiz Alberto Rodrigues on May 25, 2021

    Sensational congratulations

  • Dynamosaurus Imperious2 on May 25, 2021

    Well this is a nice video about Cicadas

  • FaithHopeLove77 on May 25, 2021


  • FaithHopeLove77 on May 25, 2021

    The occult meaning is pretty creepy…

  • Oneshothunter on May 25, 2021

    Uagut nunatsinni uumasuarsuit:) taama ittut takunngisaannarpagut.
    Kisianni nunani kiattuni honning siatsisigalugu siatat ussernikuuakka. Mamaqaat. 👍😁

  • Ojberretta Berretta on May 25, 2021

    during a trip i had several million cicadas take me and fly me into the light it was marvellous now i know that they must been tripping too lol

  • Duane Bidoux on May 25, 2021

    And you think the pandemic made you stir crazy?

  • Pamela Roy on May 25, 2021

    i sure hate to hear that – – sad indeed… ive always loved them, brings back memories of my childhood

  • James Hernandez 42 on May 26, 2021


  • Relaxing Jazz Music on May 26, 2021

    The person who is reading this comment , i wish you great success , health, love and happiness❤❤❤

  • 🎬🎬🎬🎬🎬 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • Rottanak Official on May 26, 2021


  • Emma monkey  on May 26, 2021

    Nice video

  • ToastKitten5 booklover on May 26, 2021

    Came for the title, stayed for facts imbued in incredible similes

  • Well we eat 'em.

  • Yo on May 26, 2021

    Keep up the good content!

  • Toby Arcand on May 27, 2021

    So of you eat a bunch will you catch a buzz?

  • Vasudev Yadav on May 27, 2021


  • The Laughing Tiger on May 27, 2021

    I remember asking my dad what made that noise? When I was seven, He said he didn't know their name, he called them "flying uglys" . I used to be super afraid of them, now I grab them and chase people with them. Lolll

  • Haru Mono on May 27, 2021

    Pls make kri nanggala 402 accident documentary in second to disaster series

  • TheSteve3 on May 27, 2021

    This insect is a funny one, especially after you catch it idle on a tree.

  • Clayton 1 on May 27, 2021

    Here in Jamaica we have annual cicadas and they only make one constant high pitch call. Really really loud. Annoying to most but fascinating to me even now as an adult.

  • Ultimate Powa on May 28, 2021

    So if I eat these Cicadas I will get high? Lol

  • HaBiTs'PiNkRaBbItS on May 28, 2021

    This is such a great podcast

  • Hereward The Watchful on May 30, 2021

    So what do the shedded skins taste like? Pork rinds?

  • Bubba Long on May 30, 2021

    Are cicadas edible? Any recipes?

  • kazelle johnson on May 31, 2021

    Sunday morning and the mating sound is loud, but my son and I are determined to learn more about cicada

  • Anything that has a mouth will eat one: birds and cats and lizards and frogs and … Bear Grylls

  • facite non victimarum-2 on June 4, 2021

    Oh gawd, that dramatic Hollywood intro is just too hard to take. I couldn't watch the other 19 minutes of it.

  • Paula Smith on June 21, 2021

    So while Netflix goes. Bitcoin climbs lol. Now I say crypto is better than stock investing in crypto should be in every wise individuals list.

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