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Cicada US invasion: Millions set to emerge after 17 years

Published on May 14, 2013 3:13 PM
 
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 on May 2, 2013. A cicada invasion is imminent in the US, with millions of the large cricket-like insects poised to emerge from the earth after 17 years lying in wait. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The hordes are rising. A cicada invasion is imminent in the US, with millions of the large cricket-like insects poised to emerge from the earth after 17 years lying in wait.

The first of the bugs that are expected to blanket the US east coast have already been spotted in North Carolina and New Jersey.

"The Brood II emergence has begun!" cheered the site cicadamania.org on Monday, where the subculture of insect fans can record sightings.

But the onslaught will truly begin later this month, once the average ground temperature hits 17 degrees Celsius.

 
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