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The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s video has humans act out periodical cicadas’ lifecycle. (Screenshot)
‘We Were Not Dropping Acid’: The Story Behind the Making of DuPage Forest Preserve’s Viral Cicada Video

“Nature education is a big part of what we do here, but you gotta find a way to make it interesting so that people actually watch it,” said Jonathan Mullen, part of the team behind the viral video.

Brood XIX periodical cicadas have showed up in force in Alabama, photographed April 30, 2024. (Alabama Extension / Flickr Creative Commons)
Chicago is Still Waiting on Its Cicadas, But Southern States Are Buzzing. Here’s What the Emergence Looks and Sounds Like Across the Country

Cicada Watch 2024 is reaching fever pitch in the Chicago region, where Brood XIII periodical cicadas are expected to burst from the ground by the millions, any day now. Here’s what’s in store.

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A periodical cicada nymph, flushed from its tunnel is pictured on April 28, 2024, in Cook County’s Palos preserve system. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)
Early Cicada Sightings Are a False Alarm, Mass Emergence Not Here Yet, Researchers Say

It’s not uncommon for some cicadas to jump the gun, experts said. Recent sightings, especially after last weekend’s rains, aren’t a sign that the mass emergence has started. 

A graphic that says "The Return of the Cicadas." (WTTW News)
WTTW News Explains: Why Will There Be So Many Cicadas in Illinois This Year?

In case you haven’t heard, the cicadas are coming, and things are about to get loud. WTTW News explains.

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