By Steve Kastenbaum and Lisa Desjardins, CNN
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New York and Washington, DC (CNN) – Dear East Coasters, this is the deal with that massive 17-year cicada invasion you’ve been expecting.
What, you haven’t seen any? You’re not alone.
“We’re definitely not hearing them yet,” said Bonnie McGuire, deputy director New York City Urban Park Rangers while searching through Inwood Hill Park, a natural forest in Manhattan. “When we do, we’ll definitely know it.”
McGuire didn’t hear or see any cicadas. Neither did most of the people CNN Radio spoke with in Virginia, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut. After months of hype over what was billed as a wonder of nature, replete with billions of cicadas, many residents along the Atlantic are shrugging their shoulders.
“It’s called cicada envy,” said Professor Mike Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland who also runs the website Bugoftheweek.com. Raupp means the sense that millions of people expect to see cicadas in the major cicada years, yet sometimes the cicada broods are limited to very small patches.
Raupp took CNN Radio to a patch of land in Virginia that was screaming with the creatures. He explained that while the cold spring may have delayed the cicada emergence a week or so this year, by now all the cicadas that are coming are here.
If you don’t have any in your yard by now, they won’t be arriving.
So then, where can you hear one? Raupp suggested the Internet. As in our story.
[5:03] “Bzz, bzzz, bzz, bzz, bzzzzz,” sound of one cicada, astonishingly similar to the noise created by a dial-up modem.