Hundreds of millions of periodical cicadas, which emerge from their underground lairs once every 17 years to mate, will shortly burst forth upon the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. The huge brood, whose territory stretches from North Carolina to Connecticut, will create a deafening noise, as males sing in the hope of winning partners -- and will leave behind a crunchy carpet of carcasses once mating season is over.

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