Scorpions are an enigmatic group of animals: though recognized and feared by all, there are many aspects of their biology that remain a mystery. These unique creatures are found everywhere from the world’s highest mountain ranges to caverns 600 meters below sea level. They fluoresce under ultraviolet light, exhibit complex courtship rituals, and may even hold the key to curing some forms of cancer. Nonetheless, there are still dozens of new species discovered each year and basic natural history of these secretive animals is still in many ways unknown to us.
Chris Simon has been studying cicadas for nearly four decades. While traveling through North Carolina to study this year's emergence of the 17-year cicadas, she stopped by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to give a presentation and sit down for a conversation with our resident science comedian Brian Malow. In this 20-minute interview Brian learns how cicadas make their distinctive sound, how we define a species, and how periodical cicadas — which are unique to the United States — use a fascinating strategy for survival.