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Cicadas in the News

The 2004 emergence of the 17-year periodical cicadas (Brood X) was likely the largest insect outbreak on Earth. Justifiably, these insects garnered a great deal of attention. Their highly visible (and audible!) presence made their emergence no secret. Check out some of the news stories and events about Brood X.

cicada on Keith Clay's face
A cicada crawls up the side of Keith Clay's face in this image from an article about the cicadas in USA Today (June 1, 2004). Dr. Clay is a professor in the IU Biology Department and principal investigator for the IU Cicada Project.

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