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PHOTO GALLERY: 17-year cicadas make a comeback to southwest, central Virginia

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ROANOKE, Va. – These noisy critters are showing up all over the area, and we have the pictures to prove it. Thanks to you!

The process works like this. Eggs are laid into tree branches, before they drop into the soil. The nymphs then feed on tree roots for 17 years. Finally, they emerge from the soil and shed their skin.

The Virginia Tech College of Agricultural and Life Sciences tweeted this video Thursday to illustrate the process.

Check out the gallery we have uploaded with all of your pictures.

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