Cicadas are expected to wake up this spring and summer in the state and S.C. Forestry Commission officials want to know when you see them.
The cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground and shed their skin for their 13-year reproduction cycle, according to forestry commission entomologist Laurie Reid. Mostly Upstate residents will begin hearing the insects again for the first time since 1998.
“The buzzing sound that will be ubiquitous everywhere these insects emerge is actually the males’ mating call,” Reid said. “They’ve spent 13 years living underground happily munching away on roots, but now it’s time for some noisy fun in the sun.”
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