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Cicadas Have Arrived in Central Virginia

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This brood of cicadas will only be out for about a month. This brood of cicadas will only be out for about a month.

The cicadas are starting to swarm central Virginia after living underground for 17 years.

"They're really neat insects so everybody should enjoy the opportunity to see them," said naturalist writer Marlene Condon. "Pitch blackness for 17 years and then they come out into the light of day."

Cicadas have been spotted already in western Albemarle, Mill Creek, and Orange County.

"I think they're really cool. We may not like them in a month when we're listening to them but so far I think they're really pretty cool," Mike Huston said, who spotted cicadas in Albemarle.

Condon explains the bugs might be quiet for now, but as the weather gets warmer their song will ring across central Virginia.

"It sounds like something in an outer space movie," she said.

Condon says these creatures are nothing to be afraid of.

"They don't feed, so they're not going to feed on any of the plants and they don't bite so they have no interest in people, now they might come flying right by you and give you a little scare with their buzzy sound," she said.

They will only be out and about for a month - just long enough to mate. Then the cicadas bid their farewell until the year 2030.

"It's really a spectacle of nature and people should enjoy it because you don't get this opportunity very often," Condon said.

Broods of 17-year cicadas emerge at different times along the East Coast. Brood two won't emerge in central Virginia for another 17 years.

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