If you don’t like bugs you may want to plan on staying inside next month.  A synchronized emergence of 17-year cicadas is set to hatch in early May across much of the South – including North Georgia.  The Great Eastern Brood, also ominously known as ‘Brood X,’ has spent the past 17 years underground in their ‘nymph’ stage, feeding on roots, and are currently preparing to emerge and mate before dying off after just one month.  That month will be noisy, and if you don’t like bugs, maybe a little gross.  If you’re not as squeamish you can sign up to help record cicada info. using the Cicada Safari app, which will help scientists collect data on this interesting phenomenon.  For North Georgia bug watchers and inquisitive minds this Summer will be RISING…

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