One Trillion Cicadas Are About to Take Over the East Coast

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According to the Smithsonian Institution researcher Gary Hevel, one trillion cicadas—a giant insect the size of a human finger—are about to take over the East Coast. Some had said it would be a mere 30 billion, which were already enough bugs to go to the moon and back. How gross this could be? University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp says "there will be some places where it's wall-to-wall cicadas." [io9]

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As a resident of Georgia I can tell you it's not THAT bad. If anything it's terrible for those who live near heavily wooded areas. The insane saturation of them all buzzing at once creates an eerie, loud humming noise that can be heard for miles. I'll see if I can dig up a video I shot.