Are Blue Eyed Cicadas Real and Can They Make You $ 1,000?
WEST HARRISON, Ind. – The rumor is back and spreading on social networks like a swarm of cicadas: is it true that if you find a rare cicada with blue eyes, you can get a reward of $ 1000?
Two boys from West Harrison, Indiana, Leo and Eli Lerch, found one in their backyard and shared the photo with WCPO meteorologist Jennifer Ketchmark. Their rare find was shown on WCPO’s “Good Morning Tri-State”.
Billions of cicadas now grow throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states, and Ohio is at the epicenter. With Brood X’s push, a hot rumor emerged that you can make a lot of money if you find a rare cicada with blue eyes.
Most cicadas have red eyes, but experts say one in a million has blue eyes.
Where does the rumor come from?
People are sharing social media posts that say if you find one some searchers will pay you $ 100 or even $ 1,000. But this is not true, according to the Baltimore Sun, who investigated the allegations during the last invasion in 2004.
According to the report, a Baltimore radio DJ was offering $ 10 for blue-eyed cicadas. It kind of translated into a “big reward”. Today, 17 years later, the urban legend is back, just like the insects.
Nonetheless, if you find a dead cicada with blue eyes, put it in a jar and donate it to a local school, or send a photo of the cicada to your favorite local TV meteorologist. You might get your name mentioned, just like Leo and Eli.
As always, don’t waste your money.
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