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East about to be overrun by billions of cicadas

May 6, 2013 6:16 PM
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This photo provided by the University of Connecticut, shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003. Any day now, cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground after 17 years and overrun the East Coast with the awesome power of numbers. Big numbers. Billions. Maybe even a trillion. For a few buggy weeks, residents from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered by 600 to 1. Maybe more. And the invaders will be loud. A chorus of buzzing male cicadas can rival a jet engine.

WASHINGTON — Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will creep out of the ground and overrun parts of the East Coast.

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