Get ready for the cicada invasion with this incredible time-lapse

After a 17-year dormancy period, the U.S. East Coast is about to be overrun by over 30 billion cicadas. This preview for a documentary-in-the-making will show you what to expect — including a remarkable time-lapse of cicadas breaking through their exoskeletons.

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It's called Return of the Cicadas, a film that's being put together by filmmaker Samuel Orr. He's been working on it since 2007, chronicling every aspect of the insect's unique 17-year lifecycle. Quite obviously, this year is a big year for Orr, as the cicadas are set to emerge from the ground en masse.

To help him finish the documentary, Orr has launched a Kickstarter campaign. He's hoping to raise $20,000, which will enable him to produce more time-lapse footage.

As for the preview trailer, I encourage you to watch the whole thing. But at the very least, do yourself a favor and jump to the 2:20 mark and watch as the cicadas transform themselves from terrestrial crawlers into winged insects.

DISCUSSION

maxandjinx
Captain Max and JINX

You are using the phrase "about to be overrun" pretty liberally here. I am in Maryland and we are full on overrun right now. If this is the "about to be" stage, I'm moving west for the summer!