The Cicadas Are Coming : Short Wave The cicadas are coming! After 17 years, Brood X is emerging this spring to mate. If you're in the eastern part of the United States, get ready to be surrounded by these little critters! Host Maddie Sofia talks with entomologist Sammy Ramsey, aka Dr. Buggs, about what cicadas are, where they've been for the last 17 years, and — of course — why they're so loud.

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Brood X: The Rise Of The 17-Year Cicadas

Brood X: The Rise Of The 17-Year Cicadas

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Adult periodical cicadas in Reston, Virginia on May 16, 2004 Getty Images hide caption

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The cicadas are coming! After 17 years, Brood X is emerging this spring to mate. If you're in the eastern part of the United States, get ready to be surrounded by these little critters! Host Maddie Sofia talks with entomologist Sammy Ramsey, aka Dr. Buggs, about what cicadas are, where they've been for the last 17 years, and — of course — why they're so loud.

Email Short Wave at ShortWave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Thomas Lu, edited by Geoff Brumfiel, and fact checked by Rasha Aridi. The audio engineer for this episode was Leo Del Aguila.