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Cicadas return to Connecticut after 17 years

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(AP Photo/University of Connecticut, Chirs Simon). This photo provided by the University of Connecticut shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003. (AP Photo/University of Connecticut, Chirs Simon). This photo provided by the University of Connecticut shows a cicada in Pipestem State Park in West Virginia on May 27, 2003.
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

In a matter of weeks, millions of periodical cicadas will invade Connecticut for the first time in years.

Every 17 years, millions of Cicadas, which have big red eyes and red-orange wing veins, come up from the ground and hundreds of people gather to see them.

"The noise was astronomical," said Ellie Goldstein, of Hamden."It was just a drone, just a constant drone in the air. It was just a constant hum in the air the entire time they were there."

The insects live underground most of their lives, but every 17 years their nymphs emerge and start looking for mates.

Experts told Eyewitness News cicadas will be seen and heard especially in wooded areas in New Haven, Hartford and Middlesex counties.

Cicadas can bite and sting, according to experts.

"I'm anxious to see them to hear them, because 17 years, you know, that's a long time to wait," Goldstein said.

Experts said the cicadas will die off and their offspring will burrow back into the ground after a few weeks. They won't be seen again until 2030.

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