17-year cicadas start to appear in Ohio

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — The anticipated arrival of the 17-year cicadas is at hand in eastern Ohio.

The prawn-sized insects are starting to emerge from the ground, attach themselves to trees and shed their exoskeletons. Then they’ll emerge as flying creatures with red eyes and orange wings and feet. This particular group — or brood — was last seen in eastern Ohio and much of West Virginia in 1999.

The cicadas mate, and the females will lay eggs before the adults die off in about a month. The nymphs will fall to ground, burrow and live for another 17 years.

Residents may hear them before they see them. The collective mating call of the males has been known to drown out the sound of jet planes passing overhead.