Cicada Chorus Fills the Air in Virginia as Brood X Emerges

Cicada song was heard loudly in Reston, Virginia, on May 23, as Brood X cicadas continued to emerge in the eastern United States.

Claire Dorward recorded this footage and posted it to Twitter. The footage shows a tree covered in the bugs, which she said were “loud”.

The respective cicada broods come out in pockets each year in the central, southeast, and northeastern United States, Timshel Purdum, a bug expert at the Science Museum of Virginia, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Brood X emerges every 13 or 17 years.

Purdum said the male cicadas make so much noise in an attempt to attract a mate. Credit: Claire Dorward via Storyful

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