The Brood X cycles created a shock for the president and journalists when he left the United States on his first foreign trip.
Even Biden was not spared. The president slapped a cicada around his neck as he chatted with his Air Force salute after arriving at Andrews Joint Base for Wednesday’s flight.
“Watch out for the cicadas,” Biden later told reporters. “I only have one.” I just got caught. ”
The Washington, DC area is one of many parts of the country that have been swarmed by Brood X cicadas, a major emergency of strong insects leading to immersion bombardment in moving vehicles and unknown passersby. There are trillions of them in the Washington, Maryland and Virginia region, said Paula Shrewsbury, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. Their current numbers have not been seen in 17 years.
Bugs were also tried to stow via Air Force Two on Sunday when Vice President Kamala Harris fly in Guatemala. The cicadas were taken flat out in folds from the shirts of a Secret Service agent and a photographer, and escorted from the plane before takeoff.
Cicada – who sing to attract companions with buzzes that sound like science fiction – seem to be attracted to other rumors, entomologists say. That could be what happened with the plane.
“The loud noise made by the machine deceives the cicadas who interpret the noise as a chorus of cicadas wanting to unite and fly towards it,” Shrewsbury said. “I noticed when the planes flew over my house, the cicadas increased their chorus sound, potentially in competition with the noise of the planes.”
It was unclear how the cicadas disturbed the mechanics of the printing floor. Climate and rest problems of the crew also contributed to the delay of the flight late Tuesday. Eventually, the plane was swapped for another one, and the flight took off shortly after 04:00 EDT (08:00 GMT) Wednesday.
“Well, why don’t the cicada want to go to the UK with the president of the United States?” asked University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp. Periodic cycles are mostly in the United States, with the exception of two small exceptions in Asia. I am not in Europe. At least not yet.
This is not the first time the cicadas have made a mess for a presidential event or have been political foragers.
In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt, known for a growing voice, was nearly drowned in an address at Arlington National Cemetery.
Eighty-five years later – five cycles of cycle – President Ronald Reagan in a radio address he talked about how Washington was invaded and compared harmless flying insects to big spenders.
“I think most everyone agrees, things will be a lot more pleasant when the cicadas come back underground,” Reagan said.
In a 2004 attack advertisement, Republicans attacked Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, now Biden’s special adviser on the climate, comparing him to rumored cicadas disappearing.
The three former White House residents – George W Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump – had encountered annoying house flies, said May Berenbaum, an entomologist at the University of Illinois. And there’s the fly that landed on Vice President Mike Pence’s head during a live vice president debate last year, he said.