It's pretty hard to hold the line on the 'don't touch the cicadas' rule when your son's principal walks up with one sitting on her hand. "Sticky little things," she said with glee.
For every person who doesn't want anything to do with their new buggy neighbors, there is someone else willing to put one, two or five on their hand or arm — or their nose!
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Page through the gallery above to see photos from across our Patch sites of people getting close to cicadas this season.
Of course, it's important to note that some areas of Northern Virginia still haven't seen any of the “Cicadapocalypse." Many sightings have been made in lower Fairfax County and Prince William County down to Fredericksburg.
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Known as the East Coast II brood, these cicadas and several other states up through Connecticut. The result? A 7 kHz buzz filling the region as the cicadas try to attract mates.
If they behave typically, the cicadas will be around for four to six weeks. According to the Nature Conservancy, birds and other wildlife will have an ample source of food this year. In addition, the pruning of some trees that these insects do is actually good for local forests.
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