Story at a glance
- As Brood X cicadas emerge from underground, people are documenting them on social media.
- The cicadas are emerging in 15 states and jurisdictions.
- The brood will emerge in the trillions, covering surfaces en masse and emitting the sounds of a nonstop lawnmower.
Trillions of Brood X cicadas have begun to creep from beneath the earth and swarm above ground, and like most events, the emergence is invading not only the public but also social media.
Emerging from the ground for the first time in 17 years, Brood X cicadas are appearing in 15 states and jurisdictions: Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
The brood will emerge in large quantities, covering surfaces en masse and emitting the sounds of a nonstop lawnmower.
As the cicadas and people fresh out of quarantine converge outside, it’s being documented on social media.
They’re heeeree.. Cicadas on the Mall. pic.twitter.com/Ku5tBmuuI5
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 18, 2021
— Rebecca Cuneo Keenan (@rebeccakeenan) May 19, 2021
— Pablo Vidal-Ribas (@PabloVidalRibas) May 10, 2021
My ten-year-old is ecstatic over the cicada armageddon. pic.twitter.com/yDb7ONlx9f
— John Herreid (@HerreidJohn) May 19, 2021
It has begun. super stoked to have seen my first Brood X cicada in D.C.
these folks have been underground since 2004!!!!! pic.twitter.com/fNSuxG3s1i
— Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) May 19, 2021
This cicada was all, “only the finest perch for ME” pic.twitter.com/3oAob4gdOL
— Blue Aster Studio (@BlueAsterStudio) May 18, 2021
— Taran Hook (@TaranJHook) May 19, 2021
After the cicadas have spent 17 years underground, and most of the country spent 15 months indoors, it’s hard to say who is more excited to be out and about.
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