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Cicada hatch to make for noisy western Illinois

GALESBURG — Late spring is about to get a whole lot noisier in western Illinois.

University of Illinois Extension entomologist Phil Nixon says that cicada eggs laid 17 years ago are about to hatch.

Nixon told the Galesburg Register-Mail that the noisy insects should start emerging this weekend. He says the males will "sing" to attract females for the following two to three weeks.

The 17-year hatch of cicadas should be most noticeable in western Illinois, Missouri and southeastern Iowa.

Nixon says the cicadas bring with them a range of interesting effects. He says, for instance, that fish won't bite much for a while because they'll be stuffed with cicadas.

The next 17-year hatch will be in 2031.

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