LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Cicadas are back after 17 years underground.
Cicadas are those big, loud, harmless bugs emerging across the Mid-Atlantic and have already been reported in Fairfax and Washington, D.C.
A brood of cicadas emerges once every 17 years, but there are several different types of broods so that's why you see them more than once every 17 years.
Cicadas come out of the ground, mate, and then die while their offspring nymphs go back underground and wait another 17 years before they emerge.
Cicadas emerge when the ground temperatures hit the mid 60s.
With temperatures in the forecast this third week of May, you can expect if there are cicadas by you, they will emerge.
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