After 17 years of hiding underground, Brood II cicadas - locust-like insects - are ready to invade downstate New York and other portions of the East Coast by the billions sometime this spring. But will this brood see a significant drop in population like others before it?

Cornell University entomologist Cole Gilbert discusses the science behind the insect, his study of disappearing broods in upstate New York, and shares samples of cicadas with a group of journalists at Cornell's ILR Conference Center in New York City.

About Inside Cornell: This event is part of a series held in New York City and Washington, D.C. featuring high-interest experts working at Cornell University. The free, catered lunch sessions are on-the-record, and media members are welcome to record video and audio as desired.