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Cicadas Coming To D.C. Area... To Make Love

These Brood X Cicadas were mating on a road during the 2004 breeding season.
These Brood X Cicadas were mating on a road during the 2004 breeding season.

After 17 years, a brood of cicadas are emerging from underground to peacefully invade parts of our region.

"I've seen estimates at something like as many as a billion per square mile," says Mike Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "This is going to be a boatload of cicadas."

And as if that's not enough, the sap-sucking bugs are coming up from their underground home to increase their numbers even more.

"It's all going to be about love right now," says Raupp. "This is their time, this is their day. They have to come above ground to basically get eyeball to eyeball with their mates, make a decision if this should be the father of my nymphs. Court, sing, mate"

Raupp says there probably won't be any cicadas right here in the D.C. Metro area, but says places just south like Calvert, Prince Williams and Fairfax counties, will be covered with them within the next few weeks.


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