Cicadas make triumphant return to the East Coast

YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. -- The 17-year cicadas, known as Brood II are back. Between now and the middle of June, the insects will emerge from the ground near the base of a tree, climb the trunk, mate loudly, lay eggs and die.

"Hundreds all up and down the tree," said Jamie Sizemore who spotted them outside her Forbush home in Yadkin County. "They are pretty ugly."

The Brood II has been reported in many Triad communities

Experts with say every year cicadas emerge from the ground to begin a month-long mating spree but certain broods emerge on cycles. This year billions of the Brood II are expected to emerge on the 17-year cycle.

While they are harmless and don't bite, the female cicadas may mistake you for a singing male if you are mowing the lawn or using power tools. The vibrations of machines are similar to the cicada's mating song.

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