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By John Pierce

 

Periodical cicadas are now emerging in Macon’s Wesleyan Woods.

 

Evidence of the variety that appears like clockwork on a 13-year cycle can be seen throughout our wooded backyard.

 

While no beauties, these cicadas are harmless, entomologists say. They are not to be confused with destructive locusts.

 

Rather these red-eyed creatures just emerge, live for a while and then leave something behind.

 

Brood XIX cicada and shells. Photos by John Pierce.

Sound familiar?

 

By the way,

while they are here,

they sing.

 

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