Photo: They’re here . . .

Photo by Roger Piantadosi
Photo by Roger Piantadosi

They’re periodical cicadas, and they’re not really from outer space – they just sound that way when they start singing, which they’ll be doing for a month or so. The cicada’s unusual lifespan, and en-masse transformation every 17 years from burrowing nymphs to red-eyed flying, singing and mating machines (here one emerges from its nymph-stage exoskeleton while another stands by), are the subject of Pam Owen’s Wild Ideas column.

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.