Bzzzzz! Are the cicadas louder this year?

Cicada season is here.
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

Bzzzzzz ... Yep, cicada season is here. The insects known for their signature humming sound generally show up each and every July, according to UNLV professor Allen Gibbs, though sometimes they arrive early in June or late in August. “They seem to just like hot weather. … They’re a little bit better about dealing with it than other insects.” If you’re a native or longtime local, you might have recently said to yourself: They have to be louder this year. That’s not the case, according to Gibbs. If nature’s alarm clock is irritating you more than usual, you’re probably just closer to them, or there might just be more of them around you.

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