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    Posted May 31, 2013 by
    Ashland, Virginia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Sights and sounds of the 17-year cicadas

    miano123 and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Abuzz about cicadas
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Michelle Valentine says all those cicadas around her Ashland, Virginia, home can get slightly annoying at times. She sent along some video and pictures that she and her husband had taken in May. 'The sounds they make are amazing and the number of them that are around is scary. I sometimes feel like I am in a sci-fi movie when I am trying to work in my yard and having to share my space with them. In the mornings they are on the porch, screens, in the garage and flying everywhere. We have seen several of them mating. (Shells) are left everywhere of them and everywhere I look now I see the holes in the ground where they came from.'

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    - nsaidi, CNN iReport producer

    The cicadas have been around our neighborhood for almost 2 weeks now. They are everywhere.. in our trees, grass and flowers, and flying around. You hear them all day, but mainly in the early morning and evening is when they are the loudest. The sound is amazing.

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