WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- The cicadas have arrived.
The 17-year periodic cicadas have been spotted in Westchester County and New York City. Residents in Tarrytown, Larchmont, Cortlandt Manor and Yonkers have posted reports of cicadas emerging on WNYC's cicada tracker.
The bugs are capable of producing massive populations in localized areas. As many as 1.5 million in a single acre have been reported. Even so, they stay in groups, so it's possible to see many in some areas, and none in others.
"It can be like raking leaves in the fall, except instead of leaves, it’s dead cicada bodies," cicada researcher Dan Mozgai told National Geographic.
Once they do emerge, they will quickly molt, leaving their hard shells behind. And they'll start buzzing at high decibels, as the male cicadas look to attract females to mate with.
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