The subspecies of cicadas known as the Brood X has emerged, as the residents of 15 states and Washington, D.C can tell you. The insects have been underground for 17 years and have surfaced to become adults. Guest:

Joel Achenbach
*Reporter and essayist with The Washington Post
*Author of The Grand Idea

Related NPR Stories



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.