The Garden: Look Out, Here They Come

When Mrs. Thomas A. Taylor went out to weed her garden in Alexandria, Va., one recent morning, she found everything swarming with strange-looking insects.

Some were crawling out of their shells.

They were making a noise that sounded like a rusty saw in a hickory log.* The creatures tiptoeing through Mrs.

Taylor's tulips were the vanguard of the 1962 class of the periodical cicada—more popularly known as the 17-year locust. Her swarm was the forerunner of a wave called "Brood II," which will soon take over most of the Eastern seaboard from North Carolina to Connecticut. According to Dr. B. A. Porter,...

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