17-Year Cicadas Are About to Emerge: What You Should Know

Brood X, the 17-year cicada, is about to emerge in certain parts of the U.S. 

As many as one million cicadas per acre may emerge in areas like Tennessee 

Here are some things you may not know about these cicadas: 


These cicadas were underground, moving and feeding on tree roots 

They weren't sleeping  for the past 17 years 


Cicadas do not bite or harm humans in any way 

They do no physical harm 

You can eat them, you're into that kind of thing. Sources say they are best after they shed their exoskeleton 

They are edible 


Cicadas can reach up to 100 decibels. That's about the same as a lawn mower!

Their song is loud 


A fungus can attack cicadas, making them mindless and 'hypersexualized' 

There are 'zombie' cicadas


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