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This year, two broods of 13-and-17-year periodical cicadas will emerge around the same time, in the same locations, meaning the forests will be littered with millions, if not billions of these bugs.

So, what’s all the buzz around these critters and why are entomologists, those who study insects, elated that these cicadas are coming out?

“Because it’s extraordinarily rare,” said Dr. Sean Prager, an Associate Professor at the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. “They only emerge every so often based on a particular period.”

Double broods of cicadas happen every five to six years but the 13 and 17-year broods don’t always awake in the same month, let alone in the same area. This year is different as the broods will emerge around the same time and in the same forests.

According to the University of Connecticut, which has intensively studied these periodical insects, this year will mark the first …

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