Just this month, a new batch of periodical cicadas rose from underground and swarmed through backyards and towns across eastern portions of the U.S.
This year’s cicadas, also known as Brood X, are expected to appear in the District of Columbia and at least parts of these 15 states: Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Cicadas are known to appear in large numbers and leave behind their old skin, or husks, they shed during their final molting process. But even if those discarded shells leave you feeling icky, they actually are harmless insects whose only goal is to mate before dying so their offspring can repeat the cycle years later.
In honor of cicadas season, some creative individuals have even made art and figures from the cicada exoskeletons left behind.
Recently re-discovered on Twitter, in 2018 one person assembled a body or suit of armor looking creation from cicadas’ exoskeletons.
Others have taken inspiration from the account and created their own versions.
In Baltimore, cicadas are being fully embraced through art in the streets; life-size, painted cicadas roam the streets.
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Some in the city have commemorated the cicadas season with chalk art across town.
Cicadas are expected to live only about 4-6 weeks, only their eggs have hatched they will die. Their offspring will return underground until the next season in 2038.
Curious if there are cicadas near you? Download Cicadas Safari, a crowdsourced app where people can send in photos of the cicadas they find. The app is free and tracks the location to verify the latest cicada sightings.
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