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What are periodical cicadas? Where do they come from? Why do they emerge every 17 years? Learn these things and more in these articles and webpages:

Brood X: The Cicadas Are Back, written by Long Branch Nature Center Manager Cliff Fairweather
Time Lapse of a molt
Pre-Emgergance, by Arlington Park Naturalist Ken Rosenthal
Brood X Range Maps, University of Connecticut
Capital Naturalist blog post, written by Arlington County Naturalist Alonso Abugattas
Cicada Mania
Cicada Safari smartphone mapping app
Kids’ Activities, Be A Friend To Cicadas
Facts About Periodical Cicadas, written by Arlington County Nature Center staff
What’s That Noise? The 17-Year Cicadas are Back, Virginia Tech Daily

Did you know they’re edible? Even for humans! Check out these recipes on the Cicada Invasion webpage and Bon Appetit.



Let’s celebrate the 17-year periodical cicadas with exciting activities! Check out these virtual programs to get in on the fun.

Cicada Sounds Harmonica, watch video here. Supplies: Two jumbo popsicle sticks, one thick rubber bands, two thin rubber bands, a straw and scissors.

Cicada Origami Art, watch video here. Supplies: paper, scissors, tape, crayons or markers.

• Deep Dive: Return of the Cicadas, Wed., May 12, 7-8 p.m. Sign up here.

• Return of the Cicadas (55+ Membership required), Thurs., May 27, 6-7 p.m. Sign up here.

• Pre-K: Calling Cicadas, Sat., June 19, 10-10:30 a.m. Sign up here.

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See a cicada, snap a photo and share with us using #cicadington on Instagram. Check out the social media feed here.