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After 17 years underground, Brood X cicadas are set to emerge across 15 states in the coming weeks.Billions of cicadas are expected to take over in May. The insects will mate, lay eggs then die off between June and July. Are you ready for Cicada Mania?

Nature at its craziest: Trillions of cicadas about to emerge

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COLUMBIA, Md. (AP) — Trillions of cicadas are about to emerge from 15 U.S. states.

Scientists say Brood X (as in 10, not the letter) is one of the biggest for these bugs that come out only once every 17 years.

After years quietly underground, the red-eyed black backed bugs emerge in a weird spectacle involving a race against everything trying to eat them, singing in the treetops, sex, death and plummeting to the ground.

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It sounds creepy but scientists say it is a sign of an ecosystem healthy enough for something that's been happening for millions of years.

And it's quite a show.