Brood X cicadas arein the eastern United States are and dictate the travel schedule of the White House press corps.
Scientists estimate that trillions of insects are filling the skies and almost every other available space after emerging from underground this spring for a mating ritual that occurs only once every 17 years.
If you, maybe you’ve seen them interfere with the live footage from TV reporters or heard about the car accident in Cincinnati, allegedly caused by a cicada buzzing in a driver’s face.
The latest is that the winged saboteurs temporarily grounded a plane full of journalists who were traveling on Tuesday to cover President Biden’s trip to Europe. A mass of cicadas reportedly got into the engines of the White House press letter, delaying takeoff for hours, according to AP White House reporter Jonathan Lemire, who was on the flight.
After seven hours of cicada removal operations, the press corps was finally on its way to cover Biden’s first trip abroad as president and, more importantly, to get a little respite from the cicada-pocalypse.
Brood X cicada emergence in photos: what it looks like when billions of insects appear
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