Brood IX of the 17-year periodical cicadas invaded northern Wilkes County in May and June of 2020.

The cicadas could be seen and heard from Thurmond on the east to Purlear and Parsonsville on the west and as far south as Millers Creek and Hays.

The nearly deafening mating call of a swarm of cicadas can reach 85 decibels, or slightly louder than a diesel train.

Videos and still frames were captured in Wilkes County and appear courtesy of submissions to Cicada Safari and posted to cicadamap.msj.edu. All rights reserved.

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