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    Sights and sounds of the 17-year cicadas

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    Cicadas In Virginia-Listen To Them Go


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     What's that sound? Maurice Blanco described the thought process he goes through when he hears cicadas: 'The sound is like a swarm or loud buzzing noise. Within my house the sound is like the shower or tap being on in another room. From within the house swarming noise also rides a wave; fading in and out. I constantly catch myself thinking that I hear air escaping from a gas line or large balloon. This thought lasts for a moment before I'm reminded of the bugginess goings-on.' He shot this video June 5 in the Woodbridge, Virginia, area in order to convey the sound that the cicadas were making. He also stopped to talk to a couple of locals. Previously, he submitted a photo of a cicada that he shot in late May.

    VIEW ON A MAP -- Open Story: Abuzz about cicadas

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    After posting a picture of the Cicadas to iReport I realized that it's difficult to convey the noise level. I decided to create a short video with audio samples. One thing I quickly discovered is that these guys like to hang out in population centers. First I stopped by a local National Wildlife Refuge. I figured i'd hit the jackpot in terms of footage but I didn't even see one. Next I remembered hearing them near a Virginia Rail Express stop so I headed over to grab a little video.


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