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August 27, 2009|By FRANK ROYLANCE | FRANK ROYLANCE,frank.roylance@baltsun.com

University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp says: "I can't remember a year that the annual, aka dog-day, cicadas have been as abundant and active." I've noticed them, too. Unlike their "periodical" cousins, which emerge from the ground every 13 or 17 years in messy and noisy springtime invasions (most recently in 2004), these annual cicadas appear in late July, almost unnoticed except for their chattering love songs in the trees.

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