US braces for billions of cicadas to emerge after 17 years underground

Billions of cicada nymphs that have been living underground since 2004 will burst out of the soil, shed their skin, mate, lay eggs and then die, all against the backdrop of the deafening noise that males make to attract females. Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others, like Dr. Floyd W. Shockley, can barely contain their excitement.

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