Parsons is the the A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection manager. As the collection's manager, he does everything from displaying and arranging the insects in an understandable way, to teaching students and overseeing the maintenance of the MSU Entomology Bug House.
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The cicadas are coming! Here's what to expect
The Detroit News online
If there is any one species that knows how to make an entrance, it's the Brood X, a regional population of cicadas that emerges from underground every 17 years. This summer, they may make parts of Michigan their home. A loud symphony of buzzing can be expected as millions are anticipated to make an appearance in regions throughout southern Michigan, including the Ann Arbor area. Cicadas are expected to emerge in parts of Michigan by June, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Michigan State University entomologist Gary Parsons said soil temperatures eight inches down need to reach 64 degrees for cicadas to emerge. Right now, soil temperatures are in the low 50s. "For entomologists and nature lovers in general, this is kind of a unique (thing) that many people will get to see. It'll be a lot different going down South where they're coming out ... it may be kind of a bust up here," Parsons said.