The Cicadas Are Coming: Here's Photographic Proof

Rebecca Greenfield

The cicadas haven't even reached their mating season climax and already the visual evidence of their East Coast presence is alarming. Adult bugs have started to appear in southern, warmer pastures, with nymphs and some adults starting to make their way out of the soil as temperatures rise, according to the WNYC bug tracker. By this weekend, you should start seeing the horny bugs all the way up in New Jersey, according to the Star-Ledger. And if not then, in the next couple of weeks or so large swaths of the eastern seaboard will, for four to six weeks, turn into hot and noisy bug breeding grounds. If you haven't prepared for the impending bug inundation, a look at this imagery of what's to come might motivate you, or, assuage your horror movie fears. 

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Here they come, a pile of shells and bugs at the base of a tree:

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"During the summer, it is a pastime for children to collect both cicadas and the shells left behind when moulting," says Wikipedia. This takes that to an extreme:

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This is kind of romantic in its grossness, actually:

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PSA: The bugs don't just hang out on trees and plants:

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Some people will try to eat them, which sounds like an... experience. This guy claims his BBQed bugs "were excellent":

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Here's also a truly revolting video:

The brave will make friends with them:

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Like this girl, who is a total bug boss:

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Pictures don't really do the phenomenon justice, though. Check out all the squirmers in action:

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