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People Are Taking Really Gross Photos of Piles of Cicada Shells All Over the DC Area

?Brood X has definitely arrived?

Photograph from @trilobiteglass on Twitter.

Those who have lamented the lack of cicada sightings may soon rue their words. With this week’s summer-like temperatures, the insects have finally emerged en masse, littering the whole DC area with their crunchy exoskeletons. Locals, meanwhile, have been busy documenting piles of the molted skins. Warning: If you’re eating, maybe save these images of Brood X’s awakening for later.


Daniella Byck
Assistant Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in August 2018. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied journalism and digital culture.