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So, your eardrums are constantly buzzing, and every time you step outside, you don't know what to expect. That’s because the Brood X cicada emergence is in full effect! But have no fear -- the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources has plenty of resources and information to share about this historical event.
Brood X Rising
Whatever you’re feeling, the cicadas of Brood X, by far the largest group of 17-year cicadas, are popping out of the ground, shedding their exoskeletons, climbing trees and other plants, and singing their deafening song.
Starting in late April and peaking in late May, the giant, 1- to 2-inch, red-eyed bugs have emerged in astonishing numbers—up to 1.5 million per acre—and our area has become ground zero for one of the planet’s strangest biological spectacles.
"If they run into you, they’re not doing it on purpose,” says Raupp. “These are rambunctious, kind of bumbling insects that are part of a bizarre and wonderful natural event.”
"In addition to the billions of insects, love is in the air," Raupp says: “It’s all about romance. It’s only the males that sing, and they are sex-crazed. That’s what this big boy band up in the trees is all about—singing their hearts out for that special someone to convince her she’s the one who should be the mother of his nymphs.” Read more
Other fun-filled cicada facts from our experts at University of Maryland Extension: