Bracing for the Swarm of “Charismatic” Cicada Bugs

In the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., there are two basic types of cicadas. One type appears every year, but in small numbers. One bug up in a tree can fill a whole block with its buzzing sound. But every seventeen years, the periodic cicadas, also (incorrectly) called “17-year locusts”, emerge and drown out every sound but their own. They can make a residential neighborhood sound like an airport. The seventeen year swarm is due to emerge any day now.

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