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This video was originally posted to my personal channel (@EmilyGraslie on August 3, 2021, with the following description:

I recently packed my bags and ran off to Indiana to go see one of the greatest natural phenomena on our planet: the emergence of the 17-year Brood X Cicadas, an event I'd been waiting for since, well, 2004. Along the way I learned some surprising things about cicadas' long history as art influencers. WILD.

Human fascination with cicadas dates back THOUSANDS of years. I mean, I totally get it: they're loud, weird, buzzy insects that seemingly show up out of nowhere in massive numbers, make a ruckus and disappear almost as quickly as they arrived.The biology and life history of these buzzy buddies has inspired poets and artists for millennia! Thinking of stuff like this -- like how my interest in bugs might connect me with long-dead people and far-flung places -- helps me make sense of the world and my place within it.

Creator, Host, Writer, Producer: Emily Graslie
Editor and Motion Designer: Kelly Kitagawa
Additional Edits: Carolyn Yao
Production Manager: Laura Chernikoff
Production Assistance: Emmi Mueller

Accessibility support, captions, and audio description by DCMP (

Captioning: Rebecca Phelps
Captioning QC: Rick Goldman
Audio Description Scripting: Valerie Hunter
Audio Description Voicer: Debbie Grattan
Audio Description Editor: Heather Warren
Accessibility Supervisor: Kyle Sisk
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