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Brood X cicadas emerge

A freshly molted Brood X periodical cicada clings to a tree on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
(Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Brood X cicadas emerge

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Brood X periodical cicadas begin to emerge en masse in the Baltimore area after 17 years.
Brood X periodical cicada
A freshly molted Brood X periodical cicada clings to a tree on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
A freshly molted Brood X periodical cicada clings to a tree on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Brood X periodical cicadas
Brood X periodical cicadas gather on a maple tree in Druid Hill Park.
Brood X periodical cicadas gather on a maple tree in Druid Hill Park. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Eating cicadas
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore.
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Eating cicadas
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore.
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Eating cicadas
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore.
A Starling makes a meal out of a periodical cicada at Federal Hill Park in Baltimore. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Brood X periodical cicadas
Brood X periodical cicadas gather on a maple tree in Druid Hill Park.
Brood X periodical cicadas gather on a maple tree in Druid Hill Park. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
A Black-capped chickadee picks up a Periodical cicada to eat. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals.
A Black-capped chickadee picks up a Periodical cicada to eat. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Brood X periodical cicada
A Brood X periodical cicada clings to a lamppost on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
A Brood X periodical cicada clings to a lamppost on Federal Hill overlooking Baltimore's Inner Harbor. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
An Eastern gray squirrel snacks on a Periodical cicada. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals.
An Eastern gray squirrel snacks on a Periodical cicada. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a daylilies after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a daylilies after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicada
A Periodical cicada hangs from its nymph exoskeleton as it dries after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting.
A Periodical cicada hangs from its nymph exoskeleton as it dries after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicada exoskeletons are left on honeysuckle vine after the cicadas molted.
Periodical cicada exoskeletons are left on honeysuckle vine after the cicadas molted. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a daylilies after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a daylilies after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
An Eastern gray squirrel snacks on a Periodical cicada. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals.
An Eastern gray squirrel snacks on a Periodical cicada. The cicadas have begun to emerge from their 17-year home underground providing a bounty of food for many other animals. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicada
A Periodical Cicada molts from its nymph stage after emerging overnight.
A Periodical Cicada molts from its nymph stage after emerging overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicada exoskeletons are left on an oak limb after the cicadas molted.
Periodical cicada exoskeletons are left on an oak limb after the cicadas molted. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicada
A Brood X Periodical cicada clings to the bark of an oak tree as it dries after molting.
A Brood X Periodical cicada clings to the bark of an oak tree as it dries after molting. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Periodical Cicadas
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight.
Periodical cicadas dry on a shrub after emerging from their 17-year home underground and molting overnight. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)
Brood X Cicadas
A Brood X cicada flies around a tree after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021.
A Brood X cicada flies around a tree after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun)
Brood X Cicadas
Brood X cicadas cling to a tree after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021.
Brood X cicadas cling to a tree after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun)
Periodic Cicadas
Cicada shells and bodies pile up beneath a tree as brood X near their final days.
Cicada shells and bodies pile up beneath a tree as brood X near their final days. (KIM HAIRSTON/Baltimore Sun)
Brood X Cicadas
A Brood X cicada is seen among leaves after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021.
A Brood X cicada is seen among leaves after a mid-day rain. June 9, 2021. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun)
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