BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Every 17 years, for two months, cicadas dominate the news cycle. The Brood X cicadas are finally here and people want to know about them.
“I mean they’re big and they’re ugly but I think they’re really cool,” said Emily Pollock.READ MORE: RECIPE: Maryland Candy Shop Selling Chocolate-Covered Cicadas
Love them or hate them, cicadas have reached rockstar status.
During their few weeks above ground, cicadas have a lot to get done. They shed their exoskeletons, spread their wings, and find a mate — all so the 17-year cycle can start all over again.
“Some people are afraid of these and they don’t even want to touch them but these are not even alive, these are just a shell, it’s an exoskeleton,” said Molly Hoopes, a naturalist with Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.
Hoopes organized an event at the Clyburn Silburn Arboretum to teach people about these interesting insects.READ MORE: Cicada Occupation Is Here And They Are Covering Maryland's Sidewalks, Trees, Doors And Cars
“Some people would be more likely to come here, where they can have someone show them a cicada and they don’t have to go out in the woods and try to look for them and be afraid they’re going to fly in their head,” she said.
Hoopes said there are three different types of cicadas that emerge with Brood X.
“This is called the dwarf cicada because their abdomen is all black, they don’t have any orange stripes,” Hoopes added. Most of them should be gone by mid to late June.
“What an amazing life cycle. 17 years underground to come up and have this crazy party for 4 weeks,” said cicada fan, Scott Morgan.
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