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This cicada--likely one of the annual Tibicen species--was recently seen in Red Wing, Minn. Keith Corliss / Forum Communications Co.

Flight Lines: Noise maker lives most of life underground, emergence tied to warm summer days

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The first time I remember hearing it was in 1983 while living in Columbus, Miss. By the time summer arrived, things were as hot and sticky as this North Dakota native had ever experienced. Nights never did cool off and days, oh those days. Around July, I became aware of an extremely annoying buzz coming from the trees in the area. In fact, during jogs along wooded streets the sound was nearly deafening at times.


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