A cicada of the genus Magicicada, which are known for their long life-cycles and 17-year emergence pattern. This year will mark the 17th year in the life-cycle of a large generation (Brood II), meaning the north eastern coast of the US will see swarms of these beauties and be overcome by the cacophony of their mating calls through the late spring and summer. Next summer, the midwest will see the emergence of Brood III. This phenomenon has been affectionately referred to as cicadapocalypse.
Despite being large and ominous-looking, cicadas are entirely harmless. They neither bite nor sting and they aren’t excessively destructive to vegetation or infrastructure.
Photo © Richard Leung