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The Cicadas are Coming! The Cicadas are Coming!

I mentioned last month that Brood X, the prodigious cohort of cicadas that emerge every 17 years to mate and be quite loud about it, are coming this year — possibly near you!

For those of you who want more of the science behind it all, here’s Mike Raupp, the “Bug Guy” and avowed cicada fan to give you all the details you didn’t know you needed.

Prepare for Brood X!

Denizens of the Washington metropolitan region share some experiences, like watching Hollywood films where they never get the geography right, there’s some problem on the Beltway, and also… Brood X.

And yeah, based on the map above, we’re not alone in dealing with the sudden and noisy appearance of billions of formidably-sized bugs all ready to fly right into your face.

Seriously, it’s clear from talking with many of my fellow Americans, they have not experienced this little Biblical reenactment and have a hard time imagining it. This will be my third installment.

Keith Matheny and Georgea Kovanis of the Detroit Free Press have a good rundown of the whys and wherefores of this torrent of red-eyed insect exuberance (that’s also the article where the map comes from).

But in the meantime, bear in mind that these Mirror Universe grape leaves do not back down from the appearance of a flyswatter like a fruit fly might. Heck, they don’t even get phased if you whack ’em with it. Not that you should. They’re just here to mate and go back into the soil, doing their part to contribute to the nutrients in the ecosystem.

But if you plan to record some audio, you probably want to do it before May.