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Monday, April 25, 2011 - 11:26am

Rare Cicadas Emerge From Earth

Experts say a high-pitched buzz being heard around parts of central Georgia comes from a type of cicada now emerging through the red clay after 13 years beneath the Earth.

A Macon TV station reports that residents of north Macon, Jones County, and some other areas in Georgia say their high-pitched buzzing is causing a racket around the region.

The critters are known as periodical cicadas, which are smaller than the so-called "dog day" cicadas that emerge every summer in Georgia.

Nancy Hinkle of the University of Georgia's entomology department says the periodical cicadas have lived underground for the past 13 years and are emerging to mate.