Adult cicadas dry their wings on leaves May 16, 2004 in Reston, Virginia. After 17-years living below ground, billions of cicadas belonging to Brood X are beginning to emerge across much of the eastern United States. The cicadas shed their larval skin, spread their wings, and fly out to mate, making a tremendous noise in the process.
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.