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Cicada Invasion Of 2013 Winding Down

Four Out Of The Five Boroughs Heard Barely A Peep
Cicadas on a newspaper box in Fort Lee, N.J. - June 12, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

Cicadas on a newspaper box in Fort Lee, N.J. – June 12, 2013 (credit: Evan Bindelglass / CBSNewYork)

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NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - It’s time to start saying goodbye to the cicadas. The great invasion of 2013 is already starting to dwindle.

If you feel you missed something, you’re not alone. Some regions couldn’t help but hear the 17-year cicada serenade, but others did not.

They didn’t show up much, if at all, in Westchester County, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn.

But the Nyacks got a visit from the flying critters, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported Monday.

“They’re hitting the porch, hitting the side of the house, even land on you,” said one resident.

“You say ‘Wow. What is that? It’s unusual,'” another said, adding “It’s not annoying. It’s cool.”

Entomologists have been using GPS to map where populations have popped up.

It’s a patchwork.

The large, rattling, red-eyed insects were prominent from Staten Island across north and central Jersey into Pennsylvania, and up the Hudson River valley to Albany.

The cicadas chatter is the male’s mating song. After mating, the adults die and the offspring retreat to a subterranean slumber, which scientists believe is evolution’s way of ensuring survival.

Brood no. 2’s next generation is now burrowing underground, not to be seen or heard again until 2030.

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