A Large & Rare Swarm Of Cicadas Is About To Emerge & One City Is The Epicenter

The last time they emerged was 2004.
A Large & Rare Swarm Of Cicadas Is About To Emerge & One City Is The Epicenter

A very loud bug will soon be emerging in the eastern United States after hiding underground for 17 years.

Cicadas appear every year in small numbers, but 2021 will see the rise of a rare group of cicadas known as Brood X, bringing their loud and distinct mating hums for up to six weeks.

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These bugs will be coming in by the billions starting as early as April and will be sticking around until the beginning of June.

They can be recognized by their fairly large size and distinct black, orange and red color.

Those in Washington, D.C. will be at the center of the action, as The Washington Post reports the U.S. capital and the rest of Virginia and Maryland will be home to far more of these creepy flyers than any of the 14 states experiencing the swarm.*

States that will be hosting the large cicada swarms include Illinois, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

There is no need to worry if you're a little creeped out by these bugs, as they don't really have any interest in you unless they confuse you for a tree, which can be seen happening to someone's thumb in the video below.

The person who took the video says the bug was trying to drink sap from their thumb, as it most likely believed it was on a tree branch, but it did not hurt or make a hole. 

If you're looking to test out your green thumb in the eastern U.S., it is recommended that you wait until July to start planting, as these bugs can cause severe damage to plants by laying their eggs. 

*This article has been updated.