17-year cicadas emerge

June 12, 2018 11:35 AM

(WSTM) Cicadas are emerging for the first time since 2001. 

The red-eyed, red-edged-winged creatures come out from underground every 17 years. 

They're the source of the loud buzzing sound you hear during summer. That sound is produced by male cicadas who trying to attract a mate. 

This year's brood will be around for a couple more weeks, and then its babies will go back underground for the next 17 years. 

Whether or not they'll re-emerge in 2035 is up in the air. Experts say that's because a lot can change in 17 years, and some species are particularly endangered as humans encroach on the land it lives on.

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