The brood range maps are as compelling as the historical accounting is complete. The unexpected and deafening appearance of these strange insects after a long “sleep” is surely one of our most bizarre natural phenomena.
The author, a North Dakota native, is a dean and professor of biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati and adjunct curator of entomology at the Cincinnati Museum Center. His other research interests involve Charles Darwin, egyptology, the distribution of tiger beetles, and the history of beekeeping. He is editor of American Entomologist and is a former President of the Indiana Academy of Science – he held the same position for the American Association of the Academies of Science. He will receive the IAS Distiguished Scholar Award in 2017.