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That sound you hear may be a bug | READER COMMENTARY

The Brood X or Brood Ten cicadas, after 17 years underground, are expected to emerge en masse in Maryland in mid- to late May. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun).
The Brood X or Brood Ten cicadas, after 17 years underground, are expected to emerge en masse in Maryland in mid- to late May. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun). (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun)

Thirty-four years ago this spring, my parents drove their old Buick from New York to Baltimore. Anticipating a visit with their grandchildren, excitement changed to anxiety when a faint grating noise grew louder as they traveled south (”Get ready, Maryland: The 17-year Brood X cicadas are coming in May,” March 4).

”Sid, did you have the car checked out before we left?“

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”I checked the oil level and tire pressures.“

”Sounds like it’s the motor.“

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”Could be.”

At their destination, in my driveway, ignition off, the grating persisted. The cicadas had paid a visit, too.

Robert Wenk, Baltimore

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