Monday, June 11, 2007

One-in-a-Million Find

6 year-old Nicholas Wagner had just learned about blue-eyed cicadas in kindergarten the day he came home and told his mother that he was going out in their backyard to find one. Most cicadas have red eyes; only one in a million has blue eyes, but they do exist.

After "a long time," the boy came in and told his mom he had in fact found a blue-eyed cicada!

While the find is rare, it is not unheard of. The genetic mutation which causes the blue eye color is found in about one of every million cicadas, as mentioned, but as expert Gene Kritsky says, there are hundreds of millions of cicadas.

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