‘They’re everywhere’: Video shows cicadas emerging in parts of US

The Brood X cicadas are emerging in parts of the U.S. They started showing up in greater numbers over the weekend in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland.So far, they’ve been seen but not heard — and that’s going to change very soon.”(It’s) like an old friend coming back,” said John Forrester.People around the area are spotting an increasing number of cicadas crawling on trees and shedding their exoskeleton. And, for the most part, they are happy to see them. At Lake Roland in Maryland on Monday, Terri Riordon delighted in pointing out the cicadas to her grandchildren.”As a kid, I remember stepping on them and hearing them in the trees. I’m anxious to see them all out. It’s supposed to be a strong year,” Riordon said.In Owings Mills, Herbert Butler was just thrilled to see them on his trees.”They’re everywhere,” Butler said. “I love them. I love nature, and this here is going to produce some very good fishing. I’ll fish with them.”As for the noise that normally accompanies them, University of Maryland entomologist Dr. Mike Raupp said the cicadas are about to start singing.”With temperatures forecast to be in the 80s throughout the course of this week, I think Baltimore City and Baltimore County will be serenaded this weekend, and certainly by the middle of next week, the big boy band will be cranking it up on the treetops and it’s going to get noisy,” Raupp said.Raupp said the sounds the cicadas make are all about romance.”This is how the males are going to court their females and try to convince that special someone that she should be the mother of his nymphs,” Raupp said.It also used to bring different members of the same species together in one place. There are three species emerging simultaneously.”So they have to get together, the choruses for the different species are all different so they can all assemble in the correct space,” Raupp said.As for dogs eating cicadas, Raupp said it’s OK in moderation.

The Brood X cicadas are emerging in parts of the U.S. They started showing up in greater numbers over the weekend in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, Maryland.

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So far, they’ve been seen but not heard — and that’s going to change very soon.

“(It’s) like an old friend coming back,” said John Forrester.

People around the area are spotting an increasing number of cicadas crawling on trees and shedding their exoskeleton. And, for the most part, they are happy to see them.

At Lake Roland in Maryland on Monday, Terri Riordon delighted in pointing out the cicadas to her grandchildren.

“As a kid, I remember stepping on them and hearing them in the trees. I’m anxious to see them all out. It’s supposed to be a strong year,” Riordon said.

In Owings Mills, Herbert Butler was just thrilled to see them on his trees.

“They’re everywhere,” Butler said. “I love them. I love nature, and this here is going to produce some very good fishing. I’ll fish with them.”

As for the noise that normally accompanies them, University of Maryland entomologist Dr. Mike Raupp said the cicadas are about to start singing.

“With temperatures forecast to be in the 80s throughout the course of this week, I think Baltimore City and Baltimore County will be serenaded this weekend, and certainly by the middle of next week, the big boy band will be cranking it up on the treetops and it’s going to get noisy,” Raupp said.

Raupp said the sounds the cicadas make are all about romance.

“This is how the males are going to court their females and try to convince that special someone that she should be the mother of his nymphs,” Raupp said.

It also used to bring different members of the same species together in one place. There are three species emerging simultaneously.

“So they have to get together, the choruses for the different species are all different so they can all assemble in the correct space,” Raupp said.

As for dogs eating cicadas, Raupp said it’s OK in moderation.

Contributed by local news sources

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