It’s not going to rain cats and dogs this summer, but in some parts of the country, it’s looking like it’ll be raining cicada pee.
According to The Washington Post, because of the recent appearance of the Brood X cicadas, there are some outdoor areas where people might actually get peed on by the insects.
The reason being is that cicadas need to regulate their body temperatures by consuming copious amounts of water xylem from trees. Once they’ve cooled down, they will expel the liquid.
Given that cicadas tend to gather in large groups on trees, if you happen to be standing under a tree with cicadas you might end up experiencing something similar to a rainstorm.
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While the thought of getting peed on by a cicada is vile, their actual “pee” won’t harm you. The liquid is actually excrement called honeydew. It’s high in sugar so it’s sticky and has a sap-like consistency to it.
Of course, if you don’t want to his getting in your face or hair it is advised that you wear a hat if you’ll be hiking or spending time outdoors in areas where cicadas are known to be.
While the pee that comes from the Brood X cicadas – which are native to the eastern portion of the US – comes in more of a spritz, other cicada species – such as the Chremistica umbrosa cicada from Singapore – produce full streams.
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