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Cicadas Return to Campus
Photos by Rich McManus
The arrival of Brood X cicadas on campus, 17 years after their last appearance in 1987, was especially noteworthy in the vicinity of Bldg. 15K and the nearby campus residences, where a relatively new picket fence turned out to be a gathering spot for the buzz-loving little teenagers with their cool red and orange paint jobs.
The memory of their ubiquity, their game and fearless posture, their clumsy flight, and their signature call almost dial-tone electronic individually, but seamless, hollow and haunting in unison will have to last us until 2021, when the hatchlings of this year will rise up through the earth, regardless of parking conditions or threat-code color, and sing and play and mate again, for it is what they do and why they are.
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