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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
Lifestyle Editor

Daniella Byck joined Washingtonian in 2022. She was previously with Outside Magazine and lives in Northeast DC.