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CicadaLater this month, millions of cicadas will emerge from the ground along the U.S. East Coast for the first time in 17 years. Most of the noisy, inch-and-a-half long insects have been living underground since 1996. Not all cicadas lie in wait for 17 years. “Annual” cicadas also appear every summer in some areas.

Although there will be millions of these large creatures you may hear them before you see them. They produce a loud, hovering noise. To create their unique choruses, male cicadas use ribbed tymbal membranes on their abdomens to produce sounds, while females click or snap their wings. This clamor is all done by July.

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