The Brood X cicadas are starting to emerge after being underground for the last seventeen years.  More and more folks in the tristate are starting to see them and, even more noticeably, starting to hear them.

Well, check out these photos!  My friend Sonja Simpson Davis happened to be in the right place at the right time Thursday.  Her son Wil is home for a visit and was out walking the family dog last night.  It was about 10:30.  He happened across a cicada right as it was trying to break free from its larva shell.  He managed to snap a pic, albeit a blurry one, to show his mom.  But Sonja had to see this for herself.

So, she went outside and took these incredible photos!

Photos of a Cicada Breaking Free from Its Shell

The Brood X cicadas are emerging after seventeen years and they're shedding their larva shells all over the tristate. Here's what it looks like as they do it!

I've gotta say!  Those photos are REALLY cool.

As a matter of fact, Sonja shared with me that's EXACTLY what her son was saying too as the watched and photographed.  She says Wil kept saying, "That's so cool!  And so disgusting!!"

And, you know?  Wil may be right.  It's definitely cool, but it's also a little freaky looking.  I guarantee you that, as more and more cicadas emerge, we're going to be seeing some more incredible photos of them.

In case you're unfamiliar with cicadas, each group of cicadas is called a "brood" and each group is labeled with a Roman numeral.  And, yes.  There are cicadas in the tristate every single year.  However, this year's crop (or brood), is in the process of busting up out of the ground.  And they're doing it for the first time in seventeen years.  It was predicted we would see millions of them in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois and it seems like they are definitely keeping that promise and leaving their mark on the tristate.
What can I say?  I guess this true of the cicada in Sonja's yard and the rest of them as well.  They're shells of what they used to be.
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