Brood X: The rise of the 17-year cicadas

If you're in the eastern part of the United States, get ready to be surrounded by these little critters.

  • By Madeline K. Sofia and Thomas Lu/NPR

(Washington) — The cicadas are coming!

After 17 years, Brood X is emerging this spring to mate.

If you’re in the eastern part of the United States, get ready to be surrounded by these little critters! Host Maddie Sofia talks with entomologist Sammy Ramsey, aka Dr. Buggs, about what cicadas are, where they’ve been for the last 17 years, and — of course — why they’re so loud.

 

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Geoff Brumfiel, and fact checked by Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer for this episode was Leo Del Aguila.

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