Brood X cicadas were seemingly everywhere across the eastern U.S. last month.
Their nymphal exoskeletons littered city grounds like the leaves of the trees they would come to lay their eggs in.
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There were Brood X cookies, chocolate cicadas, multi-course cicada meals – it was a periodical cicada palooza and scientists expected trillions out in full force.
However, the 17-year cicadas’ more than 100-decibel song no longer fills the air in Maryland, Virginia or Tennessee.
FILE – A cicada peers over a ledge in Chapel Hill, N.C., on May 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
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Cicadas are triggered when the soil’s temperature reaches 64 degrees, often by a warm rain.
“This is one of the craziest life cycles of any creature on the planet,” University of Maryland entomologist Michael Raupp explained in May.
The curious red-eyed bugs will certainly be remembered.
Although cicadas are not dangerous to humans, the insects were the cause of a few disturbances.
A county in Georgia said that residents had been calling 911 over their songs, with reports of “alarms” sounding in the area.
In Ohio, the Cincinnati Police Department reported that a young man had crashed his car after being hit in the face by a cicada that flew through an open window.
Brood X also impacted air travel, delaying the White House press plane’s takeoff from Washington’s Dulles International Airport to the United Kingdom for hours ahead of the G-7 Summit.
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President Joe Biden was even spotted swatting at a cicada on the tarmac.
“Watch out for the cicadas,” he told the press ahead of takeoff last month. “I just got one — got me.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.