“And there it was, its beady, blood-red eyes glaring up from the sidewalk, a threat of shrieking hell to come.”

That’s how Ashley Halsey III reported the re-advent of 17-year cicadas (Magicicada) for The Washington Post (“Those beady-eyed bugs are back: Cicadas spotted in Northern Virginia,” May 12, 2013). He went on to call cicadas “ugly bugs.”

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