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Bugged in Biblical Proportions

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A newly emerged adult cicada dries its wings on a tree in Arlington, Virginia on May 12, 2004. Starting this week, across much of the eastern United States, from Georgia north to southern New York and as far west as Illinois, the cicadas will emerge from their 17 years of sucking on tree roots underground to engage in a two-week orgy of calling, mating, laying eggs and then dying.

PHOTO: John Pryke/Reuters

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