May 6, 2013
A group of Magicicada septendecim cicadas are pictured in West Virginia in 2003 in this handout photo taken by a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut released to Reuters on May 2, 2013. This year heralds the springtime emergence of billions of so-called 17-year periodical cicadas, with their distinctive black bodies, buggy red eyes, and orange-veined wings, along a roughly 900-mile stretch from northern Georgia to upstate New York.
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Colossal numbers of cicadas, unhurriedly growing underground since 1996, are about to emerge along much of the U.S. East Coast to begin passionately singing and mating as their remarkable life cycle restarts.